Education pays off in so many intangible ways that we tend to focus on the intellectual, social, and emotional benefits of the college experience. That said, looking for a return on a sizable investment is not a bad idea. While research consistently suggests that college graduates earn much more on average than those who do not earn 4-year degrees, those economic advantages are distributed unevenly; not every major sets a student up for immediate financial success after graduation.
So which majors do?
The HEA Group, which aggregates and analyzes federal higher education data, explored how much graduates earn depending on the college program they majored in. Here are their findings of the ten college majors where graduates earn the highest salaries:
Alas, these are far from the most popular majors! Check out the full article for how well graduates with degrees in the most popular majors do right out of school along with information about the most lucrative associates degrees and certificates. And remember that a college education pays off in more ways than money!