15 Top College Majors Ranked for Earnings & Unemployment Rates Part 2

Top 15 College Majors by Earnings for Recent and Experienced College Graduates7

1Engineering

Recent: $55,000; Experienced: $81,000

2– Computers & Mathematics

Recent: $46,000; Experienced: $76,000

3– Health

Recent: $43,000; Experienced: $63,000

4– Business

Recent: $39,000; Experienced: $63,000

5– Social Science

Recent: $37,000; Experienced: $60,000

6– Architecture

Recent: $36,000; Experienced: $64,000

7– Law & Public Policy

Recent: $34,000; Experienced: $55,000

8– Communications, Journalism

Recent: $33,000; Experienced: $54,000

9– Education

Recent: $33,000; Experienced: $43,000

10– Science-Life/Physical

Recent: $32,000; Experienced: $60,000

11– Agriculture & Natural Resources

Recent: $32,000; Experienced: $50,000

12– Recreation

Recent: $30,000; Experienced: $50,000

13– Arts

Recent: $30,000; Experienced: $46,000

14– Psychology & Social Work

Recent: $30,000; Experienced: $45,000

15– Industrial Arts

Recent: N/A; Experienced: $63,000

Top 15 College Majors by Unemployment Rates for Recent and Experienced College Graduates

1Health

Recent: 5.4%; Experienced: 2.2%

2– Education

Recent: 5.4%; Experienced: 3.9%

3– Agriculture & Natural Resources

Recent: 7%; Experienced: 3.5%

4– Psychology & Social Work

Recent: 7.3%; Experienced: 5.9%

5– Communications, Journalism

Recent: 7.3%; Experienced: 6%

6– Business

Recent: 7.4%; Experienced: 5.3%

7– Engineering

Recent: 7.5%; Experienced: 4.9%

8– Law and Public Policy

Recent: 8.1%; Experienced: 4.5%

9– Computers & Mathematics

Recent: 8.2%; Experienced: 5.6%

10– Recreation

Recent: 8.3%; Experienced: 4.5%

11– Social Science

Recent: 8.9%; Experienced: 5.7%

12– Humanities & Liberal Arts

Recent: 9.4%; Experienced: 6.1%

13– Arts

Recent: 11.1%; Experienced: 7.1%

14– Architecture

Recent: 13.9%; Experienced: 9.2%

15– Industrial Arts

Recent: N/A; Experienced: 4.7%

Now that you have the facts about career outcomes by major, it may seem that picking your major should be easy. That’s not necessarily the case. Students often choose a college major based on a variety of factors, including gut feelings or past academic experiences . For example, you may feel that a science or engineering major is a good fit for you based on its strong long term career consequences -- but are still hesitant about the chances of your success in that major. Perhaps you’ve experienced frustration taking math classes, having suffered through a poorly taught college algebra or calculus class in the past, and don’t feel confident you will be successful taking those courses in the future. That’s not necessarily the case. Don’t let past academic experiences limit your possibilities. You don’t have to –- at least not now, thanks to the current generation of online college classes.


7 Carnevale, Anthony; Chea, Ban; Strohl, Jeff at Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal, 1/2012, p. 16
http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/Unemployment.Final.update1.pdf