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10 Best College Majors for Your Career

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College is often considered the surest path to a lucrative career. After all, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a worker with a bachelor's degree typically earns 67.7% more than someone with just a high school diploma. But not all college degrees are created equal.

To determine which majors typically come with the best hiring prospects and pay, we analyzed data for 215 popular college majors. We looked for courses of study that tend to lead to fat paychecks—both right out of school and farther along your career path. We also sought out majors that are in high demand based on recent online job postings as well as long-term growth expectations for related occupations.

But money isn’t everything. Many people hope their careers will give them a sense of purpose, too. So we factored in the percentage of workers with given degrees who feel their jobs are having a positive impact on the world.

Our top 10 majors present interested scholars with the best shots at success and satisfaction in the workplace, complete with generous incomes and an abundance of job opportunities. Check out the best college majors for a lucrative career.

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