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This Is the Most Unusually Popular College Degree in Georgia

There are over 170 different fields of study tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau in which undergraduate students can earn a degree. Despite the wide range of academic subjects offered at colleges and universities, over half of the 75 million American adults with a bachelor’s degree majored in one of just 15 fields of study.

Majors such as business, nursing, teaching, accounting, and biology are each among the most popular with undergraduates — and with good reason. Degrees in these fields prepare students for careers in essential industries like health care, education, and retail, where job opportunities are available in cities and towns across the country. Here is a look at the college majors with the lowest unemployment.

Of course, just as these industries are practically ubiquitous, many others are specific to certain parts of the country. This is often a reflection of a key industry that might be far less common in other parts of the country. In many cases, this is attributable to the presence of natural resources, like oil or mineral deposits, or geographic features, like a coastline. As a result, workers with degrees in less popular or more specialized subjects are often concentrated only in certain areas.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the most concentrated degree in Georgia relative to the U.S. as a whole is early childhood education. Adults in the state are about three times more likely to have a degree in the field than the typical American adult. An estimated 1.18% of adults in the state have an early childhood education degree compared to 0.41% of adults nationwide.

Just as demand for workers with this specific degree appears to be higher than average in the state, compensation is also higher than average. Adults with an early childhood education degree in Georgia earn an average of $37,703 per year compared to the average income among all Americans with the degree of $33,511. It is important to note that average annual earnings include all adults with the degree, even those who are working part-time or not working.

All data in this story is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample. College majors are ranked within each state according to their location quotient — the percentage of adults 25 and older within a state with a certain bachelor’s degree relative to the percentage of adults with the same degree nationwide. The college major or field of study with the highest location quotient is considered the most unique college degree in every state.

StateMost uniquely popular degreeAdults in state with degree (%)Adults nationwide with degree (%)
AlabamaCounseling psychology0.360.12
AlaskaPetroleum engineering0.840.06
ArizonaAstronomy and astrophysics0.060.02
ArkansasMathematics and computer science0.110.03
CaliforniaCognitive science and biopsychology0.110.03
ColoradoGeological and geophysical engineering0.060.02
ConnecticutClinical psychology0.230.05
DelawareInterdisciplinary social sciences0.850.17
FloridaOceanography0.090.03
GeorgiaEarly childhood education1.180.41
HawaiiOceanography0.320.03
IdahoMining and mineral engineering0.240.03
IllinoisCourt reporting0.050.01
IndianaPublic policy0.330.07
IowaAgriculture production and management1.430.19
KansasAgricultural economics0.480.08
KentuckyNuclear, industrial radiology, and biological technologies0.100.02
LouisianaPetroleum engineering0.410.06
MaineNaval architecture and marine engineering0.400.04
MarylandInformation sciences0.620.20
MassachusettsNaval architecture and marine engineering0.110.04
MichiganMechanical engineering related technologies0.200.06
MinnesotaSoil science0.070.01
MississippiOceanography0.170.03
MissouriSocial psychology0.080.02
MontanaSoil science0.240.01
NebraskaAtmospheric sciences and meteorology0.340.05
NevadaGeological and geophysical engineering0.120.02
New HampshireMathematics and computer science0.190.03
New JerseyNaval architecture and marine engineering0.070.04
New MexicoMilitary technologies0.050.01
New YorkArt history and criticism0.500.22
North CarolinaAtmospheric sciences and meteorology0.100.05
North DakotaAgricultural economics0.980.08
OhioTeacher education: multiple levels0.640.23
OklahomaMilitary technologies0.070.01
OregonGeological and geophysical engineering0.070.02
PennsylvaniaArchitectural engineering0.100.04
Rhode IslandElectrical, mechanical, and precision technologies and production0.130.03
South CarolinaMaterials engineering and materials science0.160.06
South DakotaSoil science0.120.01
TennesseeNuclear engineering0.080.03
TexasPetroleum engineering0.340.06
UtahCourt reporting0.080.01
VermontGeological and geophysical engineering0.190.02
VirginiaMilitary technologies0.040.01
WashingtonNaval architecture and marine engineering0.100.04
West VirginiaMining and mineral engineering0.270.03
WisconsinSoil science0.080.01
WyomingMining and mineral engineering0.410.03

by: Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square

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