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Highest Paying College Majors For 2017

If you’re getting ready to attend college, or have already started and need to declare a major, you’re probably wondering the best major to choose to get a good-paying job after you graduate. After all, unless you’re lucky enough to go to one of the 10 Best Colleges with Free Tuition, those tuition loans won’t pay for themselves. You can plan ahead now by choosing a major that will increase your chances of earning a solid income after graduation regardless of where you live.

Engineering

When it comes to the highest-paying jobs, it should be no surprise that highly technical fields make up the majority at the top of the heap. Engineering jobs in a variety of industries pave the way for new and better products and processes in almost every area; think of the things you use every day like your cell phone, refrigerator or car and how technology advances each year to make them better and more efficient. Engineers are the technical gurus behind these and other items to improve them year after year.

Math, Finance, and Economics

If you hoped you’d never use what you’d learned in your high school math classes again, you’ll probably be disappointed to learn that advanced mathematical concepts actually have several applications in the real world and can help you earn a good amount of money after graduation.

Non-technical Majors

Now if neither math nor science interests you, you’ll be happy to know that it’s still possible to earn a good salary in other non-technical fields as well. While you won’t need to memorize equations or the periodic table of elements to do them, you’ll need other skills and even some innate creativity to do well in them.

Beyond the undergraduate degree

There are several lucrative fields that require a graduate degree, including professions in the medical and legal fields. Your undergraduate major can help you prepare for graduate studies in these fields, so if your eye is on one of these areas in the long run and you’re willing to put in the extra time and effort to complete a master’s degree (or higher) to get into one of these professions, choose wisely now.

If you want to become a doctor, majoring in biology is a solid choice as an undergraduate since you’ll learn about the functions of living organisms, including human beings, in great depth. And should you choose to not go on to medical school after all, you can still earn a very good salary as a biologist in bio-technical, medical and other industries with a starting salary around $40,000 and over $71,000 at mid-career (or even more as a microbiologist).

While getting into law school doesn’t usually require a specific major, having critical reading and writing skills are essential and these can be developed and honed in majors like English, political science, and marketing and communications, among others. As we’ve already discussed, English majors aren’t completely left behind when it comes to earning potential after completing an undergraduate degree. Political science and marketing and communications majors also enjoy good salaries, earning around $40,000 at the start of their careers and up to double this amount at mid-career.

[Note: Salary data comes from the PayScale College Salary Report.]
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