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Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career

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"What's your major?" It's not just the question everyone will ask throughout your college years. It's actually an important decision that will influence your future career and the income that will come with it.

We took a deep dive into 95 popular college majors, looking for courses of study that, statistically, lead to higher-than-average employment rates for both recent graduates and experienced workers. We also sought out majors that typically result in fat paychecks right out of school as well as farther along a career path. Finally, we screened for fields that offer strong prospects for job growth.

Our top ten majors present interested scholars with the best shot at success in the workplace, complete with generous incomes and an abundance of related job opportunities. Check out the best college majors for a lucrative career.

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce provided the list of 95 majors, as well as the unemployment rates associated with each major for recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees (ages 22 to 26) and mid-career workers (ages 30 to 54). Median annual salaries for recent grads (five years or less of work experience) and mid-career employees (at least ten years of work experience) for each major were supplied by compensation research firm PayScale. Projected growth rates from 2010 to 2020 for selected occupations are courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as are median incomes for specific jobs and related industries.

Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career
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