Top Paying College Majors

oil wellIn news that may be shocking to philosophy majors (I think therefore I am nearly unemployable), the top earning college majors, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, are all technically oriented.

The top 5 starting salaries, in order:

  1. Petroleum engineering = $83,121
  2. Chemical engineering = $64,902
  3. Mining engineering = $64,404
  4. Computer engineering = $61,738
  5. Computer science = $61,407

The law of supply and demand dictates the earning potential of these technical disciplines, since there were only 450 petroleum engineering degrees and fewer than 4500 chemical engineering degrees earned in the entire country last year .


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