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It’s an old joke among humanities majors: You may be nourishing the soul, but when you graduate, it’s back to living with your parents while you look for a job with that degree.
To test the truth of this assertion, TIME examined five years of Census data on those with Bachelor’s degrees, accounting for both their field of study and whether they are listed as living with at least one parent. Of course, this could mean a person is in a graduate program and still using his or her home address. And living at home doesn’t mean a person is unemployed. Census data suggests most such individuals do have jobs.
Like which school you attend, what you major in seems to have the most bearing on the years just after school. While half of English majors live at home right out of college–including this reporter, for several months–only about a third of Engineering majors do. By age 29, however, the difference has dropped to 5 points (12 percent of English majors and 7 percent of Engineering majors.) This is generally true across the board.
So major in what you like.
. . . there is selection bias in these types of surveys as the people with "getup and go" tend to stick through the more difficult majors like engineering or accounting. People who aren't self-starters tend to end up in the majors that are easier academically.