Bad news for those getting ready to walk the stage. According to new study by Northeastern University, 53.6-percent of recent grads are either unemployed or underemployed, and with the class of 2012 getting ready to enter the job market, many worry that number will only increase.

Last year, college grads under the age of 25 were more likely to work at Starbucks or a local restaurant than as engineers, scientists, or mathematicians. Many blame the lack of job prospects on the majors many students pursue in college. Northeastern researchers found that those with degrees in anthropology, zoology, art history, philosophy, and humanities were least likely to be employed, while those pursuing degrees in nursing, teaching, and sciences have an easier time finding a job.

But is choosing a major you dislike or a job that you hate really the answer to getting a job? Or should liberal arts and social science fields be supported  like other fields of study?

The new data have many wondering if college is still worth the high price tag, because it leaves many young people deep in debt and without a high-enough paying job that can help them afford to pay it back.

Despite the lull in the job market for some grads, for many students college is still the best way to increase one’s earning potential. College grads consistently make more money than those with a high school diploma, and those with post-graduate degrees earn more than their counterparts who only have a bachelor’s degree.

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  • Ash

    Graduating in Winter 2010 I have JUST found a full-time position with a good starting salary and benefits. It has taken almost two years and I’ve gone through many positions including car sales, being a receptionist, and working retail but have finally found a position where I can use my BA in communications as an Events Manager. My best advice is to keep trying. Keep interviewing and you WILL find the right position. It takes a lot of patience and yes I had to move home after college as well, but it feels good to know I can finally move out in a few months. While being an Events Manager isn’t necessarily my dream job I am qualified and happy to get started while I work on my dream on the side. Be patient, network, stay positive and your blessing will come.