According to this new study from Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the vast majority of college graduates end up working in a field in no way related to their major. 73 percent, to be exact:
Other than the point about 27 percent of college graduates ending up in a job closely related to their major, the chart also shows that a lot of college graduates are underemployed: only 62 percent of graduates had a job that even required a college degree in 2010. Their research also shows that if you move to a big city (surprise), the chances of ending up in a job related to your degree rises.
It’s not really the end of the world to end up doing something unrelated to what you study in college, so don’t be disheartened by this information. If you do desperately want to find a job resembling your studies, move to a big city. At the very least, you’ll improve your chances.