Mr. Gleason • Business Education

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Question: What’s the most popular major for college students?   

Answer:    BUSINESS! 

Business is the most popular college major in America. 1 out of every 5 college students is a Business major.  According to the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences, of the 1,563,000 bachelor's degrees earned in 2007–08, the greatest numbers of degrees (335,000) were granted in the fields of business.1  

The future U.S. workforce is here…So say employers in a unique study by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management, which looks at the readiness of new entrants to the workforce.   Knowing how employers view these new entrants is an important first step in enabling both these new entrants and U.S. business to succeed on the global economic playing field.

The four participating organizations jointly surveyed over 400 employers across the United States. These employers articulate the skill sets that new entrants—recently hired graduates from high school, two-year colleges or technical schools, and four-year colleges—need to succeed in the workplace.  Among the most important skills cited by employers:

• Professionalism/Work Ethic

• Oral and Written Communications

• Teamwork/Collaboration

• Critical Thinking/Problem Solving.2

The Business Education Program here at the High School promotes all these skills and more with project based learning, real-world applications, and a hands-on approach designed to prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead.  

SOURCES: 1. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2010) Digest of Education Statistics, 2009 (NCES 2010-013)  2. Are They Really Ready To Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce ISBN No. 0-8237-0888-8