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[OPINION] The best and worst college majors

Do not mess with engineers, doctors, and yes, lawyers. Programmers on the other hand are fair game.
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Students in human anatomy science class learn skills to prepare them to enter a career in the medical field.

Doctor. Teacher. Lawyer. Nurse.

All careers individuals aspire to have, but some are superior to others.

Hard work pays off they say, yet some of the best college majors are considered the hardest in the US. Which holds the ability to land the career the holder chooses, but every major has its special difficulty level. In the long run, it is up to future college students to decide what’s best for them, it’s hard to know what is the best and worst major.

Yet other factors are considered in what are the best and worst majors. Notably, Artificial Intelligence has taken the world by storm, with its ability to process data and information in seconds, with near-perfect accuracy. Not only has this technology made freelancers obsolete. There is also the trend of Americans losing the appeal to college, how hard the major itself is, and finally the unemployment.

However, college is still worth it, it just depends on the degree you pick.

STEM, Health, and Law majors commonly hold the most value, having the most income of all the college majors. So it should come as no surprise that one of the best college majors is Health Services. Even though STEM and Law majors cannot be overlooked, it’s to be said that the medical world, keeps society from collapsing.

Doctors, nurses, and surgeons, each have their role to play to keep the world spinning. As the world population grows past 8 billion, the United States population reaches over 336,286,560 million people. This also means an infinite money glitch if big pharma isn’t stealing life savings away with big bills that nearly suck the living soul out of wallets (another topic for another day). Yet, that also means the medical field will never be out of work, with humans always getting themselves hurt one way or another, people will still need doctors to stick a needle with anti-biotics on the sick, surgeons to operate any broken bones, and nurses to keep the records in check and patch kids with ice packets. So overall, the medical field will be the better option, most likely the nursing route if students are undecided on what to do exactly in the medical area.

Blood pressure was just one of the skills human anatomy students learn to prepare them for college. (Photo by Sasha Baumgartner)

Just be warned that there will be a lot of anatomy, physics, biology, ethics, etc. Do individual research, plan, and prepare for 5-8 years of studying and internships before entering the medical field.

After directing the best, the worst must also be inspected. After careful consideration, the worst major in college comes from one of the most prominent areas; STEM, or aerospace engineering.

Engineers built modern society. Everything we touch and use comes from engineers’ minds and hands. The world has never been the same with engineers working in their fields, for thousands of years, they invented smart cars, space travel, architecture, and redefining physics. Without engineers, there wouldn’t be any health services, law firms, or jobs.

“Without engineers, our society would not be able to function because it would be impossible to build, maintain, and operate all the necessary facilities. In the last few decades, engineers have been in charge of developing solutions to the most pressing problems,” the CIO Views article said.

Nothing good comes easy, with engineering routes being the most challenging degree, so be warned, if you hate math and science, don’t force yourself to work a job that will become undesirable. The salaries are great, with the best-paying college degrees coming from engineering majors such as Aerospace, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, civil, etc. Unfortunately, the path toward those salaries is nightmares if you’re able to sleep, compared to other better-salaried majors such as business, computer science (another nightmare choice), finance, and pharmacy. With Calculus 1,2,3, Physics, CAD, and Chemistry, these are the baby steps. Soon during the second and third year, there’s gonna be a lot of thermodynamics, dynamics, electrical circuits, and a whole bunch of aerospace classes during the fourth year.

The common theme when it comes to STEM is that the harder the major the more income, as with aerospace engineers could make up $129,000 annually. Although rookie engineers according to CBS typically earn between 72k-112k, that is still more than 94%  of the other majors listed, the only 4 majors higher than aerospace are, Chemical, Computer engineers, and computer science. So if the plan is to make life easy, don’t pick aerospace, as the rewards will be sleep deprivation, stress, and lots of studying to do for most of your college life.

Surprisingly, “At fourth place, 7.8% of recent Aerospace Engineering majors have not found a job—a surprising statistic since engineering is regarded as one of the more stable majors to study,” Marcus Lu, finance writer for Visual Capitalist said.

Growing up is hard, it is the fear of the unknown, yet that is what makes life so exhilarating. Pick the major that is of interest, success is different for everyone, one’s future is their own.

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Senior Fernando Calvillo-Morales has put a lot of his time into clubs and sports including, Rock Climbing Club, the Varsity tennis team, Robotics Team, yearbook, and Compass. Fernando is clearly a leader within the West Chicago community. He has always been very dedicated, and applied himself to being the best he can be. A significant part of Fernando is his humor: most would say he is quite a jokester. He can never fail to make someone laugh and instantly improve their day. Loyalty is also an especially important quality to Fernando, and he is a firm believer in helping others find success. When Fernando is not found drinking chia water, he is listening to NF. His favorite part about NF is his ability to sing and go in-depth about the highs and lows of life, and how to overcome obstacles. 
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Sasha is a senior, and this is her third year being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. She found a swift passion for journalism during her sophomore year, learning how to write for fun and in many different ways. She has continued with the paper since 2021. Outside of journalism, Sasha is a member of the WEGO Dance team, a ROAR mentor and a member of National Honors Society and WEGO Global at the high school. Sasha’s main hobbies outside of school include working at a retirement community serving guests in the dining room, spending time with friends and family, and finishing up work for the Wildcat Chronicle. In the future, Sasha plans to attend college for psychology to be able to help people on a daily basis. 
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  • Mr. AielloApr 30, 2024 at 10:53 am

    Once AI renders all the STEM Majors useless, people will really wish they got teaching degrees. Just saying. Teachers are irreplaceable–Down A.I.

  • Mrs. G, subApr 26, 2024 at 10:15 am

    I changed my major many times in college. In my junior year, I asked myself, “Which homework do I enjoy doing, and look forward to?” For me, that was reading and discussing books and ideas. So I got an English degree and became a high school teacher. Not the most financially remunerative occupation, but satisfying to me. You get to decide the direction of your life. Don’t feel trapped into doing something you don’t enjoy, because 8 hours a day is too long to be miserable. And the trades are a good choice for those who dislike school. COD is a good choice for those unsure of what, or even if, they want to pursue a college degree.