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The economy may be making its way out of a recession: with the Dow at 13,000 plus and the unemployment rate slowly but surely approaching 8 percent there is much to be optimistic about. Still, can you imagine what it would be like if there was no unemployment; if you were virtually assured of getting a job as soon as you graduated?

 

Well, according to a recent story by Yahoo! News such is a reality. The data identifies at least six majors with virtual rates of 100 percent employment currently: Actuarial Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Educations Administration and Supervision, Geological and Geophysical Engineering, Pharmacology, and School Student Counseling. Zero percent unemployment is a brave claim, though many of the majors seem just niche enough to pull it off—after all, astrophysicists don’t grow on trees. Two of them however, appear out of place; Educations Administration and Supervision and School Student Counseling, which are both broad fields.

 

Here at NYIT we have a Masters Program in Student Counseling headed by Dr. Carol Dahir, a member of the faculty since the year 2000. She was both surprised and somewhat offended with the idea of zero percent unemployment for her students “That is not accurate…it has been cyclical” she said, pointing to scarcity in both the early 90’s and currently following the 2008 recession with periods of prosperity in between. An unemployment rate of zero is tough to manage in general but in the face of the vicious cuts to the Education field everything has been downsized, Dr. Dahir’s awareness of trends has helped her manage her program effectively “Our program stays small, we admit approximately 30 graduate students each year” this size helps to aid in employment follow-ups she explained. Her graduating class of 2008, before the recession hit, had an “easy” time finding employment. Since then Dr. Dahir says many of her students have had to go outside of their specialization to related fields in order to find work.

A Moral of the story? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That isn’t to say that Astronomy and Astrophysics doesn’t have an unemployment rate of 0 percent but that according to an expert within the field, Student Counseling certainly does not. Regardless of what major you choose you have at most a 4.4 percent chance of being unemployed and that comes in a time of an economic uphill battle. So look at it this way, your chances of being hired are about 96 percent! And as the economy makes its way back your odds only get better.

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