A new survey from CareerBuilder today shows that 36 percent of workers with college degrees said they wish they had chosen a different major in college.

There’s a reason for the negative feelings. More than one-in-four (26 percent) said the market for jobs in their chosen field deteriorated from the time they entered college and when they graduated.

While more than half (56 percent) of all workers with college degrees reported they found a job in their desired career path within one year of graduation, others’ pursuits have yet to be realized.  In fact, nearly one-in-five (19 percent) of all workers with a college degree still have not found a job in their desired field.

More than one-in-four workers (27 percent) who graduated from college ten years ago or longer reported they still haven’t found a job related to their college major.  Twenty-one percent said it took them three years or longer to find an opportunity in their desired career path while one-in-ten (12 percent) said it took five years or longer.

Given their current situation, one-in-ten (13 percent) workers said they have plans to go back to school this year to make themselves more marketable.

“The job market has been challenging for all workers, regardless of degree level, and has prompted many to think about learning skills for high demand and emerging jobs,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Many employers, particular in areas such as healthcare, engineering, IT and communications have open positions and can’t find skilled candidates to fill them.  College students and workers considering going back to school should take note of areas with growth opportunities and more abundant hiring.”

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