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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Higher Education

Ranked: These College Majors Are Most Valuable, 2019

A new study found that graduates with STEM degrees typically earn a lot more and are less likely to be unemployed, that’s according to Bankrate. For example, electrical engineering majors earn a median salary of $99,000, while fine arts majors make $37,000.

Mathematics fan? Mathematics majors typically earn $65,000.

Majors Matter

The most valuable college majors include naval architecture marine; nuclear engineering; Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences And Administration; Genetics; and Electrical Engineering.

People who study naval architecture and marine engineering pick up a median income of $90,000, and their unemployment rate is just 1.6 percent.

The least valuable college majors include Drama And Theater Arts; Visual And Performing Arts; Composition And Rhetoric; Linguistics And Comparative Language And Literature; and Fine Arts.

People who study drama and theater arts pick up a median income of $35,500, and their unemployment rate is just 5.2 percent.

RankDeclared degreeMedian incomeUnemployment ratePercent with advanced degree
1Naval Architecture And Marine Engineering$90,0001.6%0.29
2Nuclear Engineering$98,1001.8%0.56
3Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences And Administration$100,0002.2%0.58
4Genetics$85,0001.2%0.76
5Electrical Engineering$99,0002.7%0.46
6Architectural Engineering$74,0001.5%0.29
7Aerospace Engineering$90,0002.3%0.49
8Computer Engineering$92,0002.8%0.4
8Electrical Engineering Technology$76,0001.8%0.3
10Materials Science$90,0002.0%0.66
11Engineering And Industrial Management$72,6001.3%0.34
12General Engineering$80,0002.4%0.37
13Applied Mathematics$78,2001.8%0.49
14Construction Services$70,0001.9%0.11
14Transportation Sciences And Technologies$72,0002.2%0.2
16Mechanical Engineering$88,0003.0%0.39
17Management Information Systems And Statistics$80,0002.9%0.25
18Computer Science$87,0003.1%0.32
19Atmospheric Sciences And Meteorology$70,1000.6%0.45
20Civil Engineering$80,0002.7%0.39
21Chemical Engineering$88,0003.0%0.46
22Miscellaneous Engineering Technologies$70,0002.1%0.21
23Finance$75,0002.9%0.29
24Mathematics And Computer Science$99,0004.5%0.4
25Health And Medical Preparatory Programs$74,0001.7%0.78
26Industrial And Manufacturing Engineering$80,0003.1%0.37
27Nursing$64,0001.5%0.26
28Geosciences$69,7000.9%0.56
29Statistics And Decision Science$78,7002.8%0.51
30Engineering Mechanics Physics And Science$84,3003.3%0.55
31Actuarial Science$80,0005.1%0.16
32Petroleum Engineering$87,6007.5%0.3
33Information Sciences$75,6003.3%0.29
34Miscellaneous Engineering$72,0002.9%0.33
35Biological Engineering$65,0001.6%0.44
36Computer And Information Systems$71,0003.1%0.25
37Zoology$67,0001.5%0.66
38Business Economics$68,0002.7%0.29
39Chemistry$72,0002.6%0.63
40Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies$65,8003.0%0.21
41Operations Logistics And E-Commerce$64,0002.8%0.22
42Biochemical Sciences$68,0002.2%0.64
43Economics$74,0003.4%0.43
44Accounting$63,0002.5%0.29
45Medical Technologies Technicians$60,0001.8%0.25
46Industrial Production Technologies$71,0004.2%0.21
47Physics$80,0003.6%0.66
48Environmental Engineering$70,0003.0%0.48
49Materials Engineering And Materials Science$78,8006.6%0.47
50Computer Programming And Data Processing$66,7003.5%0.21
51Agricultural Economics$55,0000.7%0.25
52Political Science And Government$65,0002.6%0.51
53Molecular Biology$63,0002.1%0.64
54Mathematics$65,0002.9%0.51
55Food Science$60,0002.1%0.41
56Computer Networking And Telecommunications$60,0002.9%0.2
57General Business$60,0002.7%0.23
58Biomedical Engineering$68,0003.4%0.55
59Engineering Technologies$60,0003.0%0.25
60Forestry$55,0002.1%0.27
61Educational Administration And Supervision$60,0001.8%0.9
62Architecture$60,0002.9%0.36
63Public Administration$58,0002.3%0.49
64Marketing And Marketing Research$55,0002.7%0.17
65Treatment Therapy Professions$55,0001.9%0.44
66Physiology$60,0002.3%0.6
67Business Management And Administration$58,0003.2%0.24
68Miscellaneous Business & Medical Administration$52,0002.5%0.2
69Microbiology$63,0003.3%0.58
70Biology$60,0002.7%0.59
71Communication Disorders Sciences And Services$52,0001.1%0.77
72Computer Administration Management And Security$60,0003.8%0.2
73International Business$55,0002.7%0.32
74Multi-Disciplinary Or General Science$57,0003.1%0.36
75Oceanography$60,0003.3%0.41
76Miscellaneous Biology$52,0002.4%0.52
77Human Resources And Personnel Management$55,0003.3%0.3
78Geology And Earth Science$60,0003.8%0.46
79Medical Assisting Services$50,0002.1%0.26
80Agriculture Production And Management$50,0002.4%0.12
81History$52,0003.0%0.49
82International Relations$60,0003.9%0.52
83Miscellaneous Education$50,0001.8%0.45
84Miscellaneous Social Sciences$55,0003.2%0.5
85Physical And Health Education Teaching$50,0002.0%0.42
86Mathematics Teacher Education$50,0001.6%0.54
87Public Policy$60,0005.1%0.55
88Animal Sciences$47,5001.5%0.38
89Neuroscience$50,0001.9%0.53
90Geography$52,0003.9%0.33
91Secondary Teacher Education$48,0001.4%0.49
92Special Needs Education$49,0001.8%0.6
93Cognitive Science And Biopsychology$56,0006.7%0.54
94Advertising And Public Relations$50,0003.1%0.17
95Criminal Justice And Fire Protection$50,0003.1%0.21
96Electrical, Mechanical, And Precision Technologies And Production$45,0001.6%0.1
97Journalism$50,0003.1%0.26
98United States History$55,0004.6%0.51
99Science And Computer Teacher Education$48,0001.8%0.53
100Communications$50,0003.3%0.22
100French German Latin And Other Common Foreign Language Studies$50,0002.5%0.52
102Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies$48,0002.7%0.26
103Educational Psychology$50,0002.5%0.71
104School Student Counseling$50,0002.5%0.88
105General Agriculture$47,0002.7%0.26
106Environmental Science$50,0003.3%0.31
107Miscellaneous Agriculture$42,7001.3%0.3
108General Education$46,0001.9%0.47
109Plant Science And Agronomy$50,0003.5%0.27
110Natural Resources Management$50,0003.4%0.3
111Criminology$45,0002.2%0.24
112Health And Medical Administrative Services$50,0003.6%0.3
113Humanities$50,0003.3%0.42
114Elementary Education$44,2001.5%0.46
115Social Science Or History Teacher Education$48,0002.5%0.51
116Community And Public Health$46,0002.5%0.38
117Philosophy And Religious Studies$50,0003.1%0.57
118Teacher Education: Multiple Levels$43,0001.2%0.47
119Nutrition Sciences$45,0002.0%0.43
120Pre-Law And Legal Studies$49,0003.5%0.34
121General Social Sciences$48,0003.3%0.37
122Clinical Psychology$43,1001.2%0.71
123Area Ethnic And Civilization Studies$49,4003.7%0.47
124Industrial And Organizational Psychology$50,0004.3%0.43
125Language And Drama Education$45,0002.1%0.54
126Botany$50,0003.4%0.64
127Intercultural And International Studies$48,0003.3%0.39
128Hospitality Management$44,0003.1%0.12
129Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions$45,0002.4%0.49
130Sociology$46,0003.2%0.35
131Liberal Arts$47,0003.9%0.26
132English Language And Literature$47,8003.4%0.46
133Ecology$42,0002.3%0.38
134Early Childhood Education$39,0001.7%0.37
135Art And Music Education$42,0002.1%0.46
136General Medical And Health Services$47,0003.6%0.38
137Library Science$48,0003.3%0.77
138Theology And Religious Vocations$38,0001.7%0.43
139Social Work$42,0002.4%0.51
140Psychology$45,0003.1%0.47
141Family And Consumer Sciences$40,0002.6%0.31
142Counseling Psychology$41,8002.1%0.75
143Physical Fitness Parks Recreation And Leisure$41,4003.0%0.3
144Interdisciplinary Social Sciences$43,3003.4%0.36
145Art History And Criticism$42,0003.0%0.4
146Commercial Art And Graphic Design$41,8004.1%0.11
147Anthropology And Archeology$45,0003.9%0.46
148Other Foreign Languages$45,0004.2%0.46
149Human Services And Community Organization$40,0003.2%0.29
150Studio Arts$35,0003.0%0.27
151Miscellaneous Psychology$42,1003.7%0.46
152Communication Technologies$40,0004.9%0.11
153Cosmetology Services And Culinary Arts$35,0003.3%0.12
154Mass Media$40,0006.0%0.16
155Music$36,0003.1%0.42
156Miscellaneous Fine Arts$38,0005.7%0.2
157Film Video And Photographic Arts$37,0006.5%0.15
158Fine Arts$37,0004.8%0.24
159Linguistics And Comparative Language And Literature$40,0003.9%0.45
160Composition And Rhetoric$37,8004.4%0.29
161Visual And Performing Arts$32,0004.1%0.23
162Drama And Theater Arts$35,5005.2%0.26


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