Half of college graduates work in fields unrelated to major

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A study shows that almost half of college-educated workers said the first job they got after college was not related to their college major.

According to the study, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, 47-percent of people worked at their first jobs out of college in a different field than what they had studied. The study revealed that 32-percent of these people never found a job related to their college major.

The numbers were found via a national survey that included over 2,100 college-educated workers. The study took place from August 13 to September 6, 2013.

Vice President Rosemary Haefner of Human Resources at CareerBuilder said a college education can offer advantages in the job market, but graduates must be open to taking positions outside of their field.

“In most cases, workers who went into a new field ended up liking the new industry,” said Haefner. “Odds are you won’t get that dream job right out of school, but it’s important to remember that there are many different paths.”

According to the survey, 64-percent of employees say they are happy with their chosen major and almost all of them believe they can still achieve their dream job.