Americans Pick Colleges Because of Projected Career Success

Barry Lenson

Pick Colleges Because of Projected Career SuccessBack in the ancient days when I went to college, few of us had any idea why we were going to college. We lined up and paid our tuition simply because the thought that college was a “good thing” to do, or because a college was a good place to “find ourselves” or have a really good time.  Sure, some of us went to college because we wanted to become physicians or attorneys. But many of us really had no idea why we were planning to spend four years on campus.

That kind of fuzzy thinking is now a thing of the past, according to “Americans Say Graduates’ Jobs Status Key to College Choice,” a recent Gallup Poll. Gallup surveyed 1,012 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia. Gallup asked them, “In your opinion, what is the MOST important factor in choosing which college or university to attend: the percentage of graduates who are able to get a good job, the percentage of students who graduate from the college or university, or the price of the college or university?”

Here’s how the responses to that question played out . . .

  • 41% of respondents said that the percentage of graduates who get good jobs is the most important factor when choosing a college.
  • 37% said the cost of the college is the most important factor.
  • 16% said the percentage of students who graduate is the most important factor.

Job Prospects Top the List

It is not surprising that in our current crunch economy, most people want to go to colleges whose graduates enjoy a competitive edge in the job market.

If you are thinking of going to college in order to get a good job, there is something else to think about too . . .

Which college majors will give you the best chance of getting hired after you graduate . . . and which fields will promise you the most secure employment in the years ahead?

If that question is on your mind, StraighterLine has prepared these free reports that tell you what you need to know about starting a career in two of today’s fastest growing professions . . .

Criminal Justice

Healthcare

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