Top 10 college majors with the lowest unemployment rates

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College students, take note: There are at least six fields of study whose graduates are virtually 100 percent employed right now. That's right--certain majors, such as pharmacology, produce graduates who face a zero percent unemployment rate.

That's not bad considering last month's joblessness rate for people with a college degree or higher was 4.4 percent.

The Wall Street Journal created an interactive tool where users can search for the average employment rate and median income of people who studied each major. The data comes from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, which released a similar ranking of majors in May that we wrote about here.

The Center's previous study found that graduates with engineering and science majors tend to earn significantly more many than graduates with other college majors. (A petroleum engineering major will make 300 percent more over his or her lifetime than a peer who majored in counseling psychology, for example.)

But narrowing the results down to only the employment rate yields a wider range of fields that provide excellent job security. People who majored in some lower paying fields, such as school counseling, face an almost nonexistent chance of being unempl0yed.

Check out the rest of the most employable majors, below.

Majors and their unemployment rate:

  1. Actuarial Science—0 percent
  2. Astronomy and Astrophysics—0 percent
  3. Educational Administration and Supervision—0 percent
  4. Geological and Geophysical Engineering—0 percent
  5. Pharmacology—0 percent
  6. School Student Counseling—0 percent
  7. Agricultural Economics—1.3 percent
  8. Medical Technologies Technicians—1.4 percent
  9. Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology—1.6 percent

  10. Environmental Engineering, Nursing, and Nuclear Industrial Radiology and Biological Technologies—2.2 percent
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Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Author: 
Liz Goodwin
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