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Vaark
07-06-2011, 03:06 PM
Social work, theology, elementary education majors - listen up. If you care about making more money when you graduate, you might want to reconsider your major. Payscale.com has released a ranking of the best-paying college degrees - and your majors were not on top. In fact, they were at the very bottom!

The survey found that the major with the best salary upon graduation was chemical engineering but the major with the best salary at mid-career was aerospace engineering. Here's the list of top 10 best-paying college majors:

Aerospace engineering: $59,600 (starting median salary); $109,000 (mid-career median salary)
Chemical engineering: $65,700; $107,000
Computer engineering: $61,700; $105,000
Electrical engineering: $60,200; $102,000
Economics: $50,200; $101,000
Physics: $51,100; $98,800
Mechanical engineering: $58,900; $98,300
Computer science: $56,400; $97,400
Industrial engineering: $57,100; $95,000
Environmental engineering: $53,400; $94,500

Compare the above salaries with those of a social work major ($33,400 median starting salary or $41,600 median mid-career salary) or a elementary education major ($33,000 median starting salary or $42,400 median mid-career salary) and you'll see the difference is vast.

Here are the top 10 worst-paying college majors:

Social work: $33,400 (starting median salary); $41,600 (mid-career median salary)
Elementary education: $33,000; $42,400
Theology: $34,800; $51,500
Music: $34,000; $52,000
Spanish: $35,600; $52,600
Horticulture: $37,200; $53,400
Education: $36,200; $54,100
Hospitality and Toursim: $37,000; $54, 300
Fine Arts: $35,800; $56,300
Drama: $35,600; $56,600


http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/05/13/2010-05-13_payscalecom_survey_finds_engineering_economics_some_of_the_10_bestpaying_college.html#ixzz1RLz6Zi15

WeVie
07-06-2011, 04:37 PM
I am glad I chose a career in computers. Now if I can only make it through school. So far, so good.

There are so many people that I have classes with that want to be teachers and I for the life of me, cannot figure out why. There have been hundred's of teachers layed off in this area and it's looking like there will be more lay offs. On top of that, they get payed nothing.

Bumpus
07-06-2011, 07:54 PM
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif

... And, apparantly lucrative.

WeVie
07-07-2011, 01:14 AM
How's the teacher pay up there in Wild Wonderful WV anyway? They have been laying tons of them off here.

Bumpus
07-07-2011, 01:50 AM
How's the teacher pay up there in Wild Wonderful WV anyway? They have been laying tons of them off here.

Meh, nothing special. My needs are met.

... However, I'm currently enjoying the fringe benefits. Ahhhh, Summertime! :)

Valandui
07-07-2011, 01:59 AM
Does that mean that a history major falls somewhere in between?

Bumpus
07-07-2011, 02:16 AM
Does that mean that a history major falls somewhere in between?

Actually the Education figures quoted are higher than here in WV.

Ed Norton
07-07-2011, 02:26 PM
Something ain't right here. Some of those they have listed seem like good majors but... 50,000 to start with an economics degree. I think that's a know the right people and go to the right school situation.

Some of the bottom majors they have listed with jobs that start around 35,000 I hope people aren't getting their hopes up expecting 35,000. I was thinking 12 bucks an hour wouldn't be too bad.

It's really hard to believe the colleges hire advisors who are suppose to guide these kids yet they encourage them to take some of these majors.

WeVie
07-07-2011, 03:14 PM
Something ain't right here. Some of those they have listed seem like good majors but... 50,000 to start with an economics degree. I think that's a know the right people and go to the right school situation.

Some of the bottom majors they have listed with jobs that start around 35,000 I hope people aren't getting their hopes up expecting 35,000. I was thinking 12 bucks an hour wouldn't be too bad.

It's really hard to believe the colleges hire advisors who are suppose to guide these kids yet they encourage them to take some of these majors.

I think starting median salary is the average of the whole country. $35,000 would be a pretty good starting salary in some places, awesome in some, and crap in others.

I know a social worker in my home town would be lucky to find something starting at $28,000. Most likely it would be less.
I am pretty sure a teacher there starts about around $27,000

I have a neighbor getting a teaching degree and she tells me that they start them out around here at about $32,000. I tell her good luck finding a job.

Conuficus
07-07-2011, 03:16 PM
If people want to make ****loads being a teacher in Bermuda. Teachers here can make upwards of 90,000 a year. The cost of living is higher, but you get paid pure and simple.

WeVie
07-07-2011, 03:19 PM
If people want to make ****loads being a teacher in Bermuda. Teachers here can make upwards of 90,000 a year. The cost of living is higher, but you get paid pure and simple.


Kinda evens out though right?

CedarPhin
07-07-2011, 06:02 PM
Economics worked for me. Interesting classes.

tylerdolphin
07-07-2011, 06:21 PM
Teachers in the Bahamas make around 30k, but the government will also pay for your rent and will pay for your college.

JC
07-09-2011, 08:34 AM
Just switched from a major in journalism to an advertising/public relations major; also pairing that with a minor in marketing. I think it is the better career path compared to journalism.

WeVie
07-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Just switched from a major in journalism to an advertising/public relations major; also pairing that with a minor in marketing. I think it is the better career path compared to journalism.

I can imagine journalism would be something hard to break into but if you did get into it at the right place you would be all set.

Phinatic8u
07-10-2011, 08:38 AM
I make more than all those majors...

Damn, thats sad..

WeVie
07-10-2011, 09:54 AM
I make more than all those majors...

Damn, thats sad..

I pretty much did too before I got layed off.

Phinatic8u
07-10-2011, 04:29 PM
I pretty much did too before I got layed off.

What you do for a living Wev?

Bumpus
07-10-2011, 05:12 PM
What you do for a living Wev?

I'm gonna guess "fluffer" :lol:

WeVie
07-10-2011, 07:35 PM
What you do for a living Wev?

I worked on a drill rig as a driller for seven years til the first of the year. We drilled for natural gas. Now, I am a bum. I stay home all day with my daughter and go to college full time. I take evening and online classes. Oh. I do mow two yards.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2013/11/100_5906-1.jpg

WeVie
07-10-2011, 07:38 PM
I'm gonna guess "fluffer" :lol:

I wouldn't mind fluffing the chicks if they would need someone to keep them wet for the right price.