Major in One of These To Make Big Bucks

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You spend a lot of time and money going to college – or paying for your kid(s) to go, and time worrying about them!

After all that time in school, finally graduation day comes and it’s time to put those skills to work and look for a job.

Not everyone that gets a degree will find it easy to get a job, and those that do may have to settle for fewer dollars than they hoped for.

So what are the best majors for both finding a job, and making a lot of money?

Think STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

And not only do jobs in these areas tend to start off higher, they continue to rise faster than their counterparts in culinary arts, elementary education and exercise science, to name a few.

Obviously, no one wants to go to school to study something they are not interested in and there is more to education than how many dollars you can make when you get out.

But, in case you are interested, here are the top ten degrees that make the most money, along with starting salaries:

Petroleum engineering, $98,000
Chemical engineering, $67,500
Nuclear engineering, $66,800
Electrical engineering, $63,400
Computer engineering, $62,700
Aerospace engineering, $62,500
Mechanical engineering, $60,100
Materials science and engineering, $60,100
Industrial engineering, $59,900
Computer science, $58,400

For the mid-career pay that someone could expect after working in the field for 15 years, check out the blog:



Dr. Carol Morgan is our Editor and part of our Expert Network. She has a Ph.D. in communication and is a professor at Wright State University. But she also wears many other hats. Here are some of her other professional activities: Host of 'A Walk On The WOO Side' radio show on BrainSpeak Radio, motivational expert for the 'Living Dayton' TV show, video expert, columnist for BrainSpeak Magazine, and an expert writer for various motivational outlets including The Huffington Post. She is also the author of several books.

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