Why does a college degree have to do with a professional career at all? This continues to be a major misunderstanding on the part of many when discussing college educations. The point is to get smarter. You can go off in any number of professional directions with both the piece of paper they hand you after four years and, more importantly, the critical thinking skills you've learned if you've gone to a good school and been taught by good professors. I can count on one hand the people I know whose college degrees have been in the field they've gone into. I got a degree in English Literature and I've been working in IT close to 15 years. When I was a teenager working at Baskin Robins I had a boss with a degree in Agriculture who'd never worked in Ag a day in his life.