Which College Majors Will Pay You The Most ?

Which College Majors Will Pay You The Most ?
Beth Dumbauld

For many students there's a concern that you need to make a choice between following your dreams or following the money. Your goal, of course, is to find a major that fulfills you and will turn into a financially rewarding career.

Fortunately, today’s graduates face an improving job market: Unemployment is on the decline, and economic growth is expected to generate nearly 10 million new jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, once you do find a job, it will be at a slightly higher pay rate than it would have been even a couple of years ago.

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Ultimately, if your main goal is to make money, your best bet is to study engineering. The top-earning recent grads are all engineers, and some are making six figures at their very first job.

For the rest, there are many opportunities in emerging fields related to business and government. If you can find a niche in one of these fields that makes you happy, you’re on track to make a great salary.

Top Ten Majors by Earning Potential

If you’re an engineer or a scientist, you are in luck. According to a recent report from PayScale, the highest-paid graduates are those with engineering majors.

1. Petroleum Engineering - Early Career Salary: $101,000 / Mid-Career Salary: $168,000

2. Nuclear Engineering - Early Career Salary: $68,200 / Mid-Career Salary: $121,000

3. Actuarial Mathematics - Early Career Salary: $58,800 / Mid-Career Salary: $119,000

4. Chemical Engineering - Early Career Salary: $69,500 / Mid-Career Salary: $118,000

5. Electronics & Communications Engineering - Early Career Salary: $65,000 / Mid-Career Salary: $116,000

6. Computer Science & Engineering - Early Career Salary: $69,100 / Mid-Career Salary: $115,000

7 (tie). Electrical & Computer Engineering - Early Career Salary: $67,000 / Mid-Career Salary: $114,000

7 (tie). Systems Engineering - Early Career Salary: $67,100 / Mid-Career Salary: $114,000

9. Aeronautical Engineering -Early Career Salary: $65,100 / Mid-Career Salary: $113,000

10 (tie). Computer Engineering -Early Career Salary: $68,400 / Mid-Career Salary: $109,000

10 (tie). Mining Engineering -Early Career Salary: $71,500 / Mid-Career Salary: $109,000

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Top Ten Non-Science Majors by Earning Potential

If science and math are not your top ambition, you still have plenty of high-paying options, particularly in the realms of business and government.

1. Government – Early Career Salary: $46,900 / Mid-Career Salary: $102,000

2. Finance & Economics – Early Career Salary: $55,700 / Mid-Career Salary: $101,000

3. Finance & Real Estate – Early Career Salary: $55,100 / Mid-Career Salary: $93,700

4 (tie). Building Construction -Early Career Salary: 56,700 / Mid-Career $93,100

4 (tie). Industrial Management – Early Career Salary: $50,700 / Mid-Career Salary: $93,100

5. Management Science – Early Career Salary: $53,900 / Mid-Career $93,000

6. Construction Management – Early Career Salary: $55,600 / Mid-Career Salary: $91,700

7. Operations & Supply Chain Management – Early Career Salary: $51,100 / Mid-Career Salary: $90,700

8. Industrial & Labor Relations – Early Career Salary: $56,700 / Mid-Career Salary: $88,200

9. Agricultural Economics & Business  – Early Career Salary: $46,000 / Mid-Career Salary: $87,500

10. Project Management – Early Career Salary: $52,400 / Mid-Career Salary: $86,500

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