journalism

What's your major? Hope it's not journalism

May 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM ET

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It’s true. Journalists love to write about themselves. Not that we enjoy it of course. But this isn’t about us. This is about educating and warning young people in no uncertain terms that A CAREER IN NEWS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

But don’t take it from us. Take it from the good journalists at The Daily Beast, who named a degree in journalism as the most useless college degree.

Yes, even more useless than horticulture, agriculture, advertising and fashion design. And it’s that latter one that really hurts. After all, the events of the day must matter more than a hemline, unless of course it’s a royal one.

The story notes that from 2008 to 2018, the profession will lose 4,400 jobs. Fashion design is a plus-200 for the same period.

The worst part: J-majors used to love ganging up on English majors (even if it was like watching two declawed cats fake at fighting). Because a journalism degree meant you had a career path – lame as it might be – and an English major … well just planned to read a lot. But no longer. English degrees were ranked only the 20th most useless degree.

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