Top 10 Best-Paying College Majors

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With the cost of tuition continuing to rise, it pays for today's college students to be prudent about their choice of study. A bachelor's degree in a technical major compared to one in liberal arts may result in as much as $1.6 million more in earnings during a lifetime, a recent Census Bureau report shows.

So which college majors earn the most? According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the bulk of the Top 10 highest paying college majors are in engineering fields. But too few U.S. students choose to major in such studies, even though employers are desperate to hire them.

So, it's not surprising that graduates with degrees in technical majors command some of the highest average-starting salaries upon graduation, NACE says. Results from NACE's most recent survey, showing the highest starting salaries among recent college graduates, are shown below.

Take a look and tell us what you think: Are any of these careers for you?



10. Information Sciences Systems:
  • Average starting salary: $56,100.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 19 percent (average).

Find a job in information science systems.



9. Construction Science/Management:
  • Average starting salary: $56,600.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 17 percent (average).

Find a job in construction science/ management.



8. Finance:
  • Average starting salary: $57,300.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: Varies from slower than average to faster than average depending on the specific career.

Find a job in finance.



7. Civil Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $57,600.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 19 percent (average).

Find a job in civil engineering.



6. Electric/Electronics and Communications Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $62,300.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 6 percent (slower than average).

Find a job in petroleum engineering.



5. Mechanical Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $62,900.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 9 percent (slower than average).

Find a job in mechanical engineering.



4. Aerospace/Aeronautics/Aeronautical Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $64,000
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 5 percent (slower than average).

Find a job in aerospace, aeronautics or aeronautical engineering.



3. Computer Science:
  • Average starting salary: $64,400.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 19 percent (average).

Find a job in computer science.



2. Chemical Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $66,400.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 6 percent (slower than average).

Find a job in chemical engineering.



1. Computer Engineering:
  • Average starting salary: $70,400.
  • Forecast job growth through 2020: 30 percent (must faster than average).

Find a job in computer engineering.



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Tyler

might wanna fix #1 to computer* engineering instead of chemical engineering

February 03 2013 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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