Why a STEM Degree Is Generally a Better Choice than a Liberal Arts Degree

by News Guy on June 24, 2014

Many of us have a particular subject we love. It might be philosophy, history, or perhaps sociology. It’s tempting to major in these subjects in college, and sometimes doing so is the right choice. Still, getting a job with a degree in philosophy, history or with any other “liberal arts” degree can be difficult in the current market.

If you are going to college, you should closely consider what skills you will acquire and how you can use those skills to land a good job. It might be tempting to major in philosophy, where you’ll study great thinkers, such as Socrates or Immanuel Kant, but not too many employers are looking for people with such knowledge.

What employers do need, however, are people with STEM skills. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These skills are in high demand because many companies are looking to develop new technologies and processes to change the world. In order to do so, however, they need to find employees with the right skills.

Right now, biotechnology companies are looking to combine biology and modern technology to create all new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Engineering firms are building bridges and roads in emerging markets across the world. Chemicals and basic materials companies are inventing new substances, such as plastics that don’t use petroleum.

You can join these companies and aid in their efforts. First, however, you will need to acquire a STEM degree and learn the knowledge and techniques that said firms use to conduct their research and design new products. So if you are trying to decide on what to major in, you should closely consider a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Of course, you don’t always have to make the choice between a liberal arts degree and a STEM degree. Many colleges and universities will allow you to pursue both degrees at the same time, and often you won’t even have to take any extra credits. Even if this isn’t an option, it is always possible to take electives you love while pursuing your degree in something more in demand.

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