Millennials came of age during a volatile time of market booms and busts, skyrocketing tuition costs and an increasingly competitive job market. Now, when it comes to selecting a college, they are focused on value: finding programs that will pay off and prepare them for the working world, Forbes reports. According to a new survey of nearly 6,000 high school and college students, conducted by market research firm TRU, 88% of college-bound teenagers place career preparation and future success over more nebulous goals like personal growth or pursuing their passions. My previous research has shown that not all degrees are created equal. Health care, business and the STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math) are more stable and higher paying for recent college graduates, whereas graduates of the arts, humanities and social sciences face higher unemployment rates and earn lower salaries

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