Despite our reputation, I think millennials will be known as the generation that learned to make the tough compromises. We went out into the world as it was crumbling. The Great Recession was the closest thing we will ever see to a depression and its effects still linger. We find ourselves with higher student debt, fewer job opportunities, and less than ideal living choices. In order to live within our means, we make tough compromises.
There were a lot of careers I wanted to do before I made the decision to go to college. I considered becoming a financial advisor, financial analyst, and a business analyst, but there wasn’t any I was more crazy about than the Foreign Service and no career goal impacted my life more than that one. That career goal helped me pick both my major and my school.
During my first economics class I ever took, one of the best instructors I ever had in college pulled me and a few other bright students to encourage us to major in economics.
Being a product of the Great Recession, I liked learning about economics a lot but I still wasn’t quite sold until he said: “If you’re not wanting some bland desk job, you can major in economics and join the Foreign Service as an Economics Officer. You can travel the world, learn new languages, and do work involving what you learn with this degree.”
That was the best sales pitch I ever got in my life. I learned that my career interests could overlap with my academic interests.
One Sentence Summary The three best liberal arts degrees for post-college career opportunities are math, physics, and economics.
Explanation When it comes to their college major, most intellectually curious people (my kind of readers) want a balance between higher paying job opportunities and interesting coursework. You might find business strategies and principles interesting, but you are not interested in a business degree whatsoever. The same might apply to engineering. You really want to enjoy the fun, liberal arts courses. (I did too!)
To strike the best balance between a job opportunities after college and interesting coursework, I suggest majoring in math, physics, or economics.