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Not all college degrees offer a great return

Published: December 8, 2013

In “Words of wisdom from a teenager,” Leonard Pitts (Commentary, Nov. 29) mentioned that his daughter is pursuing a master's degree in social work. Both Forbes and list degrees in social work within the top 10 of the worst college degrees for employment (8.9 percent unemployment rate) and pay ($33,000 beginning with a midcareer rank of 127th at $46,000).

Pitts is correct that his daughter will face lower pay “in the workplace” but the problem is her degree, not that she's a woman. Nontechnical majors have a near 9 percent unemployment rate while a technical degree, such as nursing, is 4 percent. Other degrees providing a better return for tuition invested with more stability and higher pay for recent grads are business and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related degrees.

Bill Martinez, Oklahoma City