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What Are The Top-10 Highest Earning College Majors?

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Alex Chan,RHU,CHS,CFP,CPCA,EPC,CFSB,CLU

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College is expensive, especially if you get into debt.

If you care about how much money you’re likely to earn when you graduate, you need to focus on degrees that will pay you back.


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According to nerdwallet.com, the college major you pick can make a big difference in how much money you can make when you graduate.

“Potential earnings shouldn’t be the only factor behind your choice of major,” notes nerdwallet reseachers, “your interests and skills are important, too. But if you choose a lower-earning major, try to take on less debt to avoid being overburdened when it’s time to repay.”

Of course, not everyone is going to choose the highest-earning majors and you have to earn a degree that’s a good fit for you. Nevertheless, if you’re worried about paying off loans when you get out, here are some majors that earn the highest-earning post-graduate salaries

  • Petroleum engineering: $87,989
  • Computer programming: $86,098
  • Computer engineering: $85,996
  • Computer science: $85,766
  • Electrical, electronics and communications engineering: $80,819
  • Operations research: $80,166
  • Computer and information science: $78,603
  • Statistics: $75,916
  • Applied mathematics: $73,558
  • Chemical engineering: $72,713

By John F. Wasik, Contributor

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Alex Chan,RHU,CHS,CFP,CPCA,EPC,CFSB,CLU

Certified Financial Planner & Chartered Life Underwriter
Belvedere Financial Solutions Limited
Cell : 604.649.3829
Langley Office : 604.513.1177
Vancouver Office : 604.689.8289