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East Texas Recession Survival Guide: Top college majors

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With the unemployment rate rising, you may wonder what careers will remain steady and lucrative through tough economic times. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, here are five college majors that offer successul careers. They are accounting, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and business administration. This East Texas Recession Survival Guide is devoted to finding out why those fields are so profitable.

In a time when cut-backs are a heartbreaking reality. It's good to hear there is a demand in certain fields. Accountant Robert Bailes says with the financial mess and a call for tighter oversight, accountants are more noticed than ever.

"There's a big demand for it," said Bailes. "They're involved in oversight such as sec hires accountants and that's kind of a popular area now."

Or maybe a technical field is your forte.

"It's always interested me how things work, how things move," said David Wilson, a Mechanical Engineering major.

At UT Tyler we found some engineering majors not at all surprised about their prosperous career outlook.

"I was originally going to go into business school but I went into engineering pretty fast," said Collin Stroud, also a Mechanical Engineering major.

"Why did you want to switch exactly," I asked.

"More money," he laughed.

"I think it's the economy itself," said Dr. Stephen Rainwater, the Computer Science Chair at UT Tyler. "We live in a technology-rich, information-based society and in that particular society there's always going to be need for computing professionals who can create new systems and to maintain existing systems."

Dr. Stephen Rainwater said there's lots of promising paths available.

"Take lots of math, take lots of science, involve yourself with technology. See what it is that interests you because whether it be computer science or engineering, the prospects for a bright future are very great," said Dr. Rainwater. 

And it's not just young students. We've talked to some goodyear employees, for instance, who were laid-off and now getting re-trained in these technical fields.

Rounding out the top 10 best majors: economics and finance, information systems, computer engineering, management information systems, and marketing.

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