Post # 1
Here’s a list of the highest and lowest earning college majors right now. My major (Journalism, with an emphasis in new media communications) didn’t make the list, but I have a feeling it is fairly close to the bottom of the list, just because of the trouble we’re going through in print publications right now.
Looking back, maybe I should have gone into some kind of engineering, it certainly pays well. I don’t know if I would like it or not, though. I remember just picking my major because I was always a good writer, and I didn’t really know what else to do. It seems like kind of a hap-hazard way to choose, haha.
Post # 3
@QueenOfSerendip: I’m happy I’m not in the low earning list, but I’m not in the high earning list either, lol. My degrees are in marcomm.
Post # 4
Mechanical Engineer here. Very low on the high list. haha. I did NOT make 80K starting salary after college though. I wish. Not sure if the graph showes average salary overall or average starting salary.
Post # 5
Mine isn’t really in the list (religious history). But as any social science/humanities program, it’s not in the highest. But I will probably work at the government and have a decent salary anyway because I’m doing a ph.d and I will be able to access higher responsabilities and jobs.
My FI on the other hand, is in one of the highest : computer science. He went back to college this fall to get his degree. So 3 years from now, I think we’ll be fine. It’s just the part being both students that is a bit difficult right now from a financial perspective.
Post # 6
I nearly did a double-take when I saw “communication disorders” but then realised that this was bachelor’s level. I’m a speech pathologist and my bachelors is in communication disorders, am probably somewhere in the higher-end of the middle (not bragging, just stating) but what I paid for my schooling was a nice chunk of change since I had to get my masters degree. you really can’t work in many states with just your bachelors as a speech pathologist.
My husband is an engineer. Its a good degree but all that math and numbers… lol! I can’t do it.
I would be nice if when you did your career cruising stuff in high school that they would really lay this information out for you. Its more than just “what are you interested in?” and more of “What is your lifestyle like?/What emphasis do you put on a salary?/ do you prefer work environments that have more structure or flexibility?/How do you feel about more schooling that just a bachelors?” There’s so much more to consider when choosing a career.
Post # 7
I have an English degree and make good money, and my degree isn’t listed on either of the charts. I would have loved to do some sort of engineering degree, but unfortunately my math skills aren’t very good!
Post # 8
@QueenOfSerendip: FH’s degree made the highest paid list. So that’s good. Mine is no where to be found, and I didn’t think it would be haha.
Post # 9
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My degree’s in geology and at my last job I worked closely with the #1, petroleum engineers, does that count? Doesn’t matter anyway, my future appears to be part of my husband’s booming family business that isn’t even close to related to geo. I’ll have to stick to geology just being a hobby (which I’m totally cool with).
Post # 10
My program was not specific to counseling psychology, but it was a specialty of counseling.
On the other hand, my FI has one of the highest — electrical engineering.
Post # 11
Woohoo, English didn’t make it onto the low list! A bit surprised about that, lol.
Post # 12
Mine did! Mechanical Engineering is one of the highest earning majors! woot woot! All that studying and $1000 per semester on USED books was totally worth it!
Post # 13
My major was on the low end list. Funny how you will always need healthcare/human services workers, yet they don’t get paid very much. Oh well thats why they created masters degrees
Post # 14
Eh – I was pre-med but never went to med school. Still got an ok job.
Post # 15
My degree isn’t on the list – I’m an accountant and make pretty decent money.
Post # 16
Mine aren’t on either list but they probably should be on the lowest lol. SO’s computer science engineering…go figure.
The only math I can do well is counting money so an engineering degree was definitely not for me. But clearly without one…I’ve got no money to count *le sigh*