Purdue survey finds business majors least likely to be interested in their work

October 9, 2014

A survey of nearly 30,000 US college graduates released by Purdue University  shows that business majors are least likely to report caring about their job. Moreover, business majors often do not experience  the financial security that many expect from their degree. Just 37% of all college graduates who majored in business said that they strongly agreed with the statement “I am deeply interested in the work that I do,” compared with 47% of social sciences/education majors, 43% of sciences/engineering majors, and 43% of arts and humanities majors. A postgraduate degree correlated with an increase in reported interest in one’s work regardless of field, but had less of an impact on business students than those in other fields. Business majors also lagged behind their peers in the area of “purpose well-being,” which describes the extent to which people like what they do each day and feel motivated to achieve their goals. In terms of financial well-being, business majors fared just slightly better than social sciences/education majors, but worse than science/engineering majors. BusinessWeek