Top 3 Highest Paying College Majors

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bus2Do what you love and the money will follow. We’ve all heard that before. Is it true?  Yes and no.

You may love helping people and the field of health care, but if you never move past your CNA degree, the money may not follow. Often, the key to success after college is choosing a field that you are passionate about, but also using wisdom in choosing the position you’re aiming for in that particular field.

With that in mind, here are college majors that will help to open doors of opportunity after graduation. The following fields have solid earning potentials and a stable future.


Who says you can’t make good money directly out of college. Engineering jobs are at the top of the heap of technical fields and involve designing and improving the efficiency of everything from your cell phone to your refrigerator.

Engineering will always have opportunities because of the simple fact that products are constantly being improved.

How much can a recent graduate make in this field?

If you happen to enter the field of Petroleum Engineering, you can expect a starting base salary of about $100,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Chemical and Electrical Engineers start out at about $60,000 after graduation while Computer Engineering and Computer Science majors can expect to earn about $80,000 annually.

That’s a pretty good salary for a career that usually consists of a bachelor’s degree. If you have strong computer programming, you may want to turn your hobby into a lucrative career.


If you belonged to the math club in high school and continued your love of math in college, you may be interested to know that  the field of statistics can easily pull in a salary between $50,000 and $90,000.

We live in the age of information and businesses, industries, and organizations are all about collecting and analyzing data. Statistics are used in every field, so you can work with whatever interests you, from insurance companies to retail organizations such as Apple.

Analysis can help consumers make buying decisions, can help organizations understand where they are falling short, or provide information needed for law suits. There’s really no end to statistics and analysis.


Again with the math? Yep. The field of finance can bring in anywhere from $87,000 on upward, depending on the particular field you go into.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business math can land you a job as a personal financial advisor, an accountant, an IRS auditor or a financial analyst working with a major corporation.

Worst Degree Choice for 2012

Here’s another bit of information you may find interesting. Did you know  that the most popular college major for the past couple of years is business?

Many students, ill-advised by their parents, thing that a college major in business will lead to a lucrative career. Wrong. Although it’s wildly popular, you won’t be bringing home the bacon like you might expect (unless you have an entrepreneurial spirit and strike out on your own).

With such a surplus of college grads with a business degree, they are finding themselves taking lower management or even entry level jobs at minimal pay.

Your best bet is always to specialize in a niche field. Business is too broad of a topic and a career in management is not as lucrative as it once was.

What are you planning on majoring in? Are you a math whiz or is English your forte?

We’d love to hear about the career research you’ve done and the field you’ve decided on (and why).

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