Major Problem? One-Third of College-Educated Workers Do Not Work in Occupations Related to Their College Major

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM EDT

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Major Problem? One-Third of College-Educated Workers Do Not Work in Occupations Related to Their College Major

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM EDT

(CareerBuilder news release) Choosing your college major is a significant life decision, but a new study from CareerBuilder suggests it may not necessarily define your career path.

According to a news release issued by CareerBuilder this week:

Nearly half (47 percent) of college-educated workers said their first job after college was not related to their college major. Thirty-two percent of college-educated workers reported that they never found a job related to their college major. Among more seasoned workers – those ages 35 and older – that number is 31 percent.

“A college education will give you a significant advantage in the job market. In a tough economic climate, college graduates must be flexible and open to taking positions outside their area of study. Taking the knowledge gained in college and branching out with it in unexpected directions is common after graduating,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “In most cases, workers who went into a new field ended up liking the new industry. Odds are you won’t get that dream job right out of school, but it’s important to remember that there are many different paths.”

While finding employment unrelated to a college might seem like a let-down, 64 percent of employees say they’re happy with the degree they chose to achieve, and 61 percent of respondents believe they can still have their dream job.

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