The 10 least valuable college majors

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/ShutterstockThe least valuable college majors are in the arts and creative fields.
  • The least valuable college majors may land you your dream job – but not your dream pay.
  • Bankrate recently took a look at the least valuable college majors – the top ten were in arts, creative, and psychology fields.
  • However, that doesn’t mean that obtaining a degree in a creative space isn’t a wise investment.

Sometimes, your dream job doesn’t always align with dream prospects and dream pay. That is, depending on what degree you graduate with from college.

Bankrate recently took a look at the most and least valuable college majors based on data from the US Census Bureau American Community Survey. Using weighted data, they determined the employment and unemployment rates and incomes for graduates for their first year out of college across 162 majors that employed at least 15,000 people. They also considered the number of college graduates who held a higher secondary degree.

With the most valuable college majors in the business, science, and maths fields, it’s not all too unpredictable that the least valuable college majors fall into the arts and creative fields.

But that doesn’t mean graduates with degrees in those fields are doomed.

“Obtaining a creative arts degree, or miscellaneous arts degree or being in any sort of creative space is a terrific investment, and I would strongly advocate for it,” Philip Olson, who holds a theatre and dance degree, told Bankrate. “I would caveat that to say that if you get a degree in that space, expect to use it in a nontraditional way if you want to be successful.”

Below, see the top-10 least valuable college majors.

10. Library Science

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Average income: $US48,754

Unemployment rate: 3.3%

9. Interdisciplinary and Multi-Disciplinary Studies (General)


Average income: $US48,992

Unemployment rate: 5.4%

8. Drama and Theatre Arts

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Average income: $US48,287

Unemployment rate: 5.2%

7. Educational Psychology

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Average income: $US54,097

Unemployment rate: 6.3%

6. Human Services and Community Organisation

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Average income: $US45,111

Unemployment rate: 3.9%

5. Visual and Performing Arts

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Average income: $US43,996

Unemployment rate: 4%

4. Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts


Average income: $US42,362

Unemployment rate: 4.7%

3. Clinical Psychology

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Average income: $US51,022

Unemployment rate: 4.8%

2. Composition and Speech

Average income: $US44,211

Unemployment rate: 4.9%

1. Miscellaneous Fine Arts

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Average income: $US40,855

Unemployment rate: 9.1%

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