25 Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career

One way to increase your chances of earning a good living is to pick a college major that prepares you to work in a field that pays well. Here are some of the best options and how you might expect to fare.

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College is often considered the surest path to a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor’s degrees are required for 169 occupations in this country. People with higher levels of education generally earn higher salaries. Specifically, people with bachelor’s degrees had a median weekly paycheck of $1,305 (more than $67,000 a year) in 2020, compared to $781 (or $40,600) for workers with a high school diploma.

But not all college degrees are created equal. And with student loan payments looming for many, we thought it would be good to know which college majors pay best.

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