STAUNTON, VA--- College students have so many decisions to make and with the help of a list from PayScale, there's one more to add to that list. Do you decide on a major that renders the biggest paycheck, or do you go with passion?
The list predicts the least profitable majors and colleges. On the list, are nine education degrees, nine arts, three humanities and English, and one is social work. These are fields many consider creatively or personally fulfilling for their work in helping others but not financially lucrative. It becomes an issue of weighing impact on others against profit.
WHSV spoke with Mary Baldwin students about their thoughts.
"I'm not too concerned with making money, because my parents have a basement, so I can just hang out there, but that's a total lie because I want to make money," says Daryn Cazin, an English major.
"The art world in itself is really hard to get any money back to pay your loans," says Brandy Loy.
Both students suggested career paths that were profitable despite the stigma. Cazin wants to work in law, while Loy wants to restore historic paintings.
The list does warn that PayScale can't predict the future, and that the values of degrees may change with culture.