Only 52% of College Students Have a Summer Job Related to Their Major, and “Design” Students Were among the Least Likely to Do So

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In a recent survey of over 2,000 college students by TextbookRush.com, a surprising 48% of those students enrolled in college admitted that they don’t have a job related to their college major, and 17% of them are simply unemployed.

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"students pursuing “Design” as a major were the least likely to have a job related to their choice of major. Among women, only 1.5% of those pursuing a Design degree had a summer job related to design. Among men, it was 2.1%.

In a recent survey of over 2,000 college students by TextbookRush.com, a surprising 48% of those students enrolled in college admitted that they don’t have a job related to their college major, and 17% of them are simply unemployed.

Among the 52% of college students who landed a summer job related to their college major, there were significant differences between males and females. The number one “related” job occupied by females is education/teaching at 20.1%. In stark contrast, the number one job occupied by males is engineering at 12.8% followed by Information Technology at 11.2%

Near the other end of the scale, students pursuing “Design” as a major were the least likely to have a job related to their choice of major. Among women, only 1.5% of those pursuing a Design degree had a summer job related to design. Among men, it was 2.1%.

“This may have been the biggest shock among all the results we saw,” said Robert Cudd, VP of Online Stores at TextbookRush. “Design is obviously a competitive field, but to see numbers that low has to be highly disappointing for those students.”

Out of the 48% of students who have a job NOT related to their major, retail was the number one choice for both females at 22.4% and males at 19.4%. This was followed by Restaurant/Food Service for women at 18.2% and General Labor for men at 16.6%.

The study was conducted by TextbookRush to gain insights on student life, in particular how summer work related to the student’s major.

http://www.textbookrush.com/collegiateStudies/jobStudy.aspx

About TextbookRush.com
TextbookRush.com is a premier online retailer that specializes in buying and selling new and used books, entertainment and game software, and consumer electronics. The company is dedicated to serving college students with purchase and rental discounts of up to 90% on current titles. TextbookRush.com buys over one million different titles back from students and other sources for cash or store credit, further making used textbook purchases a bargain for students everywhere in the U.S.

Founded in 1994, the company started at The Ohio State University with retail “brick and mortar” stores. TextbookRush.com, which was established in 2002, has since grown into a trusted brand used by college students nationwide, becoming the premier privately held textbook website in the country. For more information, visit http://www.textbookrush.com/

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