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Majors That Change the World

Majors That Change the World

If you could major in "Changing the World," would you?

Elizabeth Hoyt

November 20, 2012

Suppose you could major in “Changing the World?” Would you? Apparently, you can come pretty close, according to a new study by Payscale.

According to the The Huffington Post, the percentages listed were compiled from students surveyed that found the most meaning in their jobs and, additionally feel like they’re changing the world through their work.

Most of the high ranking percentages came from the majors within the health and education job fields.

Most of the high ranking percentages came from the majors within the health and education job fields. It seems as though biology and theological studies follow, along with majors involving the environment, physical fitness and nutrition.

In its entirety, the list includes 131 majors, with Fashion Merchandising (#130 at 33%) and Film Production (#131 at 32%) being the lowest ranking majors.

Many language arts’ studies, such as Spanish (#48 at 58%), English (#80 at 49%), French (#88 at 48%) and German (#112 at 44%) seemed to rank in the middle of the list.

Also trending mid-list were engineering positions, like Environmental Engineering (#35 AT 64%), Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering (tied for #48 at 58%).

Regardless, if you’re looking for meaning in a position, statistics show you can’t go wrong with the following top ten.

Majors That Change the World

Majors That Change the World Methodology
The percentage of graduates with a specific major who reported that their job makes the world a better place. See full methodology.


Do you agree with the list? If not, which majors would you switch?


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