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College Majors: Highest Paying, Lowest Unemployment Rates and More

Picking the right major isn’t easy: you want to study and ultimately have a career doing something you love, but at the same time, it’d be nice to be able to get a job and make some money as well.  We’ve got you covered! We’ve put together lists of the most popular majors (meaning there’s a possibility of a lot more people competing for the same jobs), as well as lists of the majors that lead to the highest and lowest paying jobs, and the majors that have the highest and lowest unemployment rate. 

These lists have all come from different sources (click the name of each list to access the original source), so the names of certain majors might vary from list to list, but even so this should help you determine the best path to take for the great income and opportunities!


MOST POPULAR MAJORS

Computer Science
Nursing
Construction Management
Accounting
Economics
Biology
Finance
Business Management
Political Science
Marketing
History
Human Resources
Health Care Administration
Paralegal Studies
English
Sociology
General Education
Psychology
Criminal Justice
Graphic Design

HIGHEST PAYING MAJORS

HIGHEST PAYING COLLEGE MAJORS STARTING SALARY
Petroleum Engineering $103,000
Chemical Engineering $68,200
Nuclear Engineering $67,600
Computer Engineering $65,300
Electrical Engineering $64,300
Aerospace Engineering $62,800
Materials Science & Engineering $62,700
Industrial Engineering $61,100
Mechanical Engineering $60,900
Software Engineer $60,500
Computer Science $59,800
Biomedical Engineering $59,000
Actuarial Mathmatics $58,700
Electrical Engineering Technology $57,900
Nursing $55,400
Civil Engineering $54,300
Medical Engineering Technology $54,100
Management Information Systems $53,800
Physics $53,100
Supply Chain Management $52,800
Applied Mathematics $52,800
Statistics $52,500
Information Systems $51,900
Construction Management $51,500
Industrial Technology $50,800
Computer Information Systems $50,800
Occupational Health & Safety $50,500
Economics $50,100
Information Technology $49,900
Mathematics $49,400

LOWEST PAYING MAJORS

LOWEST PAYING COLLEGE MAJORS STARTING SALARY
Child & Family Studies $30,300
Elementary Education $32,200
Exercise Science $32,600
Broadcast Journalism $32,700
Social Work $33,000
Animal Science $33,600
Special Education $33,800
Theology $34,000
Culinary Arts $34,800
Athletic Training $34,800
Religious Studies $34,900
Physical Education Training $34,900
Paralegal Studies $35,000
Recreation & Leisure Studies $35,000
Horticulture $35,200
Criminal Justice $35,300
Biblical Studies $35,400
Kinesiology $35,600
Drama $35,600
Hospitality & Tourism $35,700
Music $35,700
Public Health $35,900
Human Development $35,900
Interior Design $36,000
Art $36,100
Anthropology $36,200
Theater $36,200
Photography $36,200
Psychology $36,300
Liberal Arts $36,900

MAJORS WITH LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

MAJORS WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RATE
Medical Technology Technician 1.40%
Nursing 2.20%
Treatment Therapy 2.60%
Medical Assisting 2.90%
Agriculture Production & Mgmt 3.00%
Industrial Production Technologies 3.10%
Pharmacy 3.20%
Communications & Disorders Sciences 3.30%
Elementary Education 3.60%
Special Needs Education 3.60%
Miscellaneous Education 3.70%
Mechanical Engineering 3.80%
High School Education 3.80%
Theology 4.10%
Management Info Systems 4.20%
General Education 4.20%
Health & Medical Administration 4.30%
Transportaton Science & Technologies 4.40%
Finance 4.50%
Physics 4.50%
PE/Health Education 4.50%
Criminal Justice 4.70%
Recreation & Leisure Studies 4.80%
Civil Engineering 4.90%
Electrical Engineering 5.00%

MAJORS WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

MAJORS WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RATE
Clinical Psychology 19.50%
Miscellaneous Fine Arts 16.20%
History 15.10%
Library Science 15.00%
Military Technology 10.90%
Educational Psychology 10.90%
Architecture 10.60%
Industrial & Organizational Psychology 10.40%
Miscelaneous Psychology 10.30%
Linguistics & Comparitive Literature 10.20%
Visual & Performing Arts 9.20%
Engineering & Industrial Management 9.20%
Social Psychology 8.80%
International Business 8.50%
Humanities 8.40%
General Social Sciences 8.20%
Commercial Art & Graphic Design 8.10%
Studio Art 8.00%
Pre-Law & Legal Studies 7.90%
Material Engineering 7.70%
Liberal Arts 7.60%
Fine Arts 7.40%
Film, Video & Photography Arts 7.30%
Culinary Arts 7.30%
Sociology 7.00%