Published on May 30, 2016
7 HIGHEST Paying College Degrees!
As a finance major, you’ll be working with a lot of other people’s money; and it’s no surprise that some of that money would fall into your pocket. You’ll get a better start in your finance career if you do a few internships in your field. Once you do, you can expect to earn about $46,500 to start and $87,300 at mid-level.
Economics is another college degree that leaves you with tons of career options, from banking to finance to education and government. If none of those interests you, you can also land jobs in law (with further education), consulting, public policy and research. Starting salary for those majoring in economics is around $45,000 but by mid career, you see a hefty boost to around $95,000.
Before you immediately pass over math as a major, think about this: those who major in math have some of the lowest unemployment rates of any other major — 95% of math majors are employed. They are also quite well compensated for their work, with a starting salary of around $47,000-$52,600 and a mid-career salary of $89,900-$98,600.
If you haven’t noticed it yet, it pays to be very good with numbers.
Statistics majors will be tasked with tracking large amounts of data, analyzing it, and focusing down on the results. You’ll need serious skills with spreadsheets and even some programming ability for this career. A statistician can pull in about $50,000 right out of school and about $99,000 by mid-career.
Do you want to work for a company like Apple or Microsoft and help program the next big thing in computers? Well, they want to pay you a lot to do it. Major in computer science and do well in school, including doing some internships and projects, and you’ll probably land a job that starts out paying around $55,000. Stick with it and you could be making 6 figures by mid-career.
Physics is another one of those college degrees that makes most of our brains hurt even thinking about pursuing, but if you can wrap your mind around it, you will be glad you did. Physics majors have a lot of options, working in museums, the military, laboratories and schools. They are also paid very well for understanding the way the universe works. Right out the gate they are paid nearly $50,000 and by mid career, they are making just over $100,000.
If you are simply looking for a job that pays the biggest bucks, you can’t go wrong in pursuing a college degree in engineering. In fact, seven of the top highest paying college majors are various engineering majors, like petroleum, chemical, electrical, materials science and aerospace; so you have a large range of options which fits you best. Depending on which field you choose, you can start out getting paid between $50,000-$95,000, and by mid career, you be up to $85,000-$155,000. WOW! And here’s me having majored in Drama!
COMMENTS • 94
Alex8 months ago
ey mate, I think you may have forgotten that surgeons make over $180k a year(2015).. even a pharmacist makes over $120k (2015)!
Dariana Ortiz11 months ago
I’m planning to major in Economics and minor in Computer Science. This is great!
Nomusa Moloi1 year ago
Major in both physics and mathematics 😊
Darryl14ful9 months ago
My cousin got a programming job paying 75k right out of college
RedTriangle533 months ago
is this where STEM majors go to feel better about their life choices?
SANJEET GUPTA7 months ago
How studying B.A(H) applied psychology can make way easy in indian army
Samaa Hourshad1 month ago
Is this the guy who says “1 hour later” in SpongeBob?
aldo martin7 months ago
Do anybody even mention law 😑
Edi8 months ago
I’m a sophomore for Computer Engineering with a minor in Math :))
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subhransu sahu5 months ago
Clayton Peterson3 months ago
Fidget spinner presents…
M Love2 months ago
Having a Finance/accounting degree was the best decision I’ve ever made… I will always have a job
Joe Margaryan8 months ago
What is best, Engineering or Economics?
Justin Calderon3 months ago
finance majors that master usually start over 70,000 and it’s not unusual to get and extra 20 percent as a bonus
Gabby Loberry8 months ago
I’m majoring in Software Development, minoring in writing because it’s still something I enjoy.
Noor Nassir5 months ago
4 years from now,ill become a mechanical engineer in sha allah 👍🏽
Hugppyz1 year ago
Can’t wait till you have like 500,000 subs I can brag and say I have been subbed to you since you had 1000
Cristian Luna9 months ago
i knew physics was worth it.but i need a phd right?
merc340sr1 month ago
If you are going to study economics, do a Master’s degree in Economics. Bachelor in economics will not get you much.
John Douglas3 months ago
Math? I have a cousin with a masters in mathematical applications and he delivers pizza from dominoes as the only job he can get is a teacher making 30k a year … only in “big” markets such as areas with a population of over 1 million people which in the us I believe there are only 9 of those markets