5 Best College Majors for Your Career

What you study can have a big impact on pay and employment prospects.

A typical worker with a bachelor's degree earns two-thirds more than someone with just a high school diploma. But not all college degrees are created equal. What you study matters, too.

We analyzed data for 126 popular college majors to determine which majors typically come with the best hiring prospects and pay, both now and in the future. Here are the top 5 majors for a lucrative career.

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Stacy Rapacon
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for Kiplinger.com in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.