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Gallup Poll Finds Business Majors Graduate to the Worst Careers

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An Important Finding to Guide Students in Choosing Their Career-Paths

In what many people would consider to be a shocking finding, the Gallup Poll reported, on Thursday, October 2nd, that America's college and university graduates with "Business" degrees (including MBAs) are more bored by their work, unhappier, and poorer, than are graduates with degrees in the other three major categories, which are:

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"Social sciences/Education," and

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"Arts and Humanities."

Here are the questions that were asked of 29,560 graduates in America, with B.A. or higher degrees:

1 (for measuring job-interest): "I am deeply interested in the work that I do." (Agree or Disagree.)

2 (for measuring job-satisfaction): "I like [the work] I do every day," and, "[At work] I learn or do something interesting every day." (the two questions that are related to "Purpose Well-Being," which Gallup uses internationally).

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3 (for measuring job-pay): "I have enough money to do everything I want to do," and, "In the last seven days, I have [not] worried about money." (the two questions that are related to "Financial Well-Being," which Gallup uses internationally).

Majors in the field of "Business" scored as the least-happy, in each of the three career-related categories of work-happiness. "Sciences/Engineering" scored at, or else tied for, the highest, in each of the three career-satisfaction categories (interest, satisfaction, and pay); but, the only really big difference that separated these four categories of careers from each other was the relatively big drop-off in each of these three satisfaction-measures, as was shown between "Business" majors on the one hand, versus the other three categories of majors on the other (those other three being more-closely grouped together, except for "Financial Well-Being," where "Sciences/Engineering" was the clear stand-out, and the "Business" major was actually 1% higher than "Social sciences/Education," which was 3% higher than "Arts and humanities").

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)

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