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The 13 most useless majors, according to The Daily Beast

Philosophy and Religious Studies comes in 6th.

This year we started with new research (PDF) from Georgetown University—which drew from two years of census data to determine the prospects for myriad majors—to narrow down our list to more than three dozen popular college majors. We also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, equally weighing the following categories to determine current and future employment and earnings potential for our final ranking:

The numbers for philosophy and religious studies are:

Unemployment, recent grad: 10.8 percent
Unemployment, experienced grad:
6.8 percent
Earnings, recent grad:
$30,000
Earnings, experienced grad:
$48,000
Projected growth, 2010–2020:
+17 percent
Related occupation:
Postsecondary teacher

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