While you should only ever chose a college major that is personally interesting to you and that offers career pathways that you can see yourself enjoying in the future, there is no doubt about it that some college majors pay off more than others.
This can be taken in a multitude of ways. ‘Good’ college majors, for lack of a better adjective, lead you to jobs more quickly after graduation. These jobs generally pay more in the beginning, provide more opportunities for career growth, and pay much better in mid-career (10 years or more in the position). They’re also generally jobs that people like to have.
Basically, some college majors lead to careers that pay better than average and that have much higher employee satisfaction rates.
We’ve taken the time to compile a short list of the top five college majors that lead to jobs like these. Though you’ll still have to pay full tuition rates for these majors, any student loans that you take out in the process will be much easier to pay back because of the higher salaries.
That’s why we like to call these five majors anti-debt college majors.
It’s no secret that jobs in engineering are some of the highest paying in the United States. It’s also no secret that getting into one is highly competitive and requires at least a BA (though a Masters wouldn’t hurt).
Engineering jobs that pay well in mid-career include:
- Chemical Engineering ($115,000 per year)
- Aerospace Engineering ($109,000 per year)
- Electrical Engineering ($106,000 per year)
- Mechanical Engineering ($99,000 per year)
- Biomedical Engineering ($91,000 per year)
- Civil Engineering ($91,000 per year)
- Electrical Engineering ($88,000 per year)
- Technology Engineering ($87,000 per year)
Better yet, a very high percentage of people in engineering jobs are happy with their work. They work for companies that they like and respect. They generally feel that what they are doing is helping the world in some way or another. They’re basically working in a job that they love and getting paid for it. You can’t beat that.
2. Construction Management
Construction management is another high-paying college major. Most people in the field are very happy with their work and would recommend the job to others that are interested in a similar profession.
Construction management majors routinely make $88,000 per year in mid-career. The starting wage for a recent graduate is quite high as well. In addition, there are numerous opportunities in the field as new construction projects are always cropping up and managers for them are always in need.
All of this added together makes construction management one of the best anti-debt college majors around.
3. Information Technology
Information technology (IT) jobs are essential to just about every business in the modern world. If a business uses computers, email, the internet, telephones, or another sort of technology, than an IT specialist is needed to keep things functioning properly and running smoothly.
In addition to the large amount of IT jobs available, those graduating with degrees in the field can expect to make around $84,100 in mid-career.
Throw a high starting wage and a high level of job satisfaction into the mix and it is very clear that information technology is a great college major for those that are passionate about technology and that don’t want their college debt to haunt them long into the future.
Geology is perhaps the most surprising major that makes its way onto this list. Unlike other physical science majors that don’t open up doors into well-paying professions, geologists are paid highly ($85,000 per year on average) and there are a plethora of such jobs available.
Simply put, the opportunities for geologists are nearly endless. A degree in the field opens the doors to several wide ranging professions.
Of course, there are research and academic jobs both in geology itself and related sub-fields like seismology and mineralogy. Then there are jobs with big businesses engaged in such practices as mining, mineral exploration, and petroleum exploration. And finally there are several government positions available including geologic mapping, government advisory, and construction advisory.
5. Pharmaceutical Science
Pharmaceutical science is another high-paying career in the field of science. Graduates with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences can expect to make between $80,000 and $100,000 by mid-career.
Pharmaceutical scientists are simply the ones who distribute prescription drugs to those that need them. They advise patients and physicians on the correct doses, the side effects of various drugs, and which drugs to use in the first place.
When you take the fact that the pharmaceutical industry routinely makes over 1 billion dollars per year into account, it’s not hard to see why pharmaceutical science graduates make so much money.
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Though you should always go into a college field of study that you are interested in and passionate about, there is no doubt that there are some majors that pay much better than others.
Furthermore, many of these high-paying majors also offer a higher than average job satisfaction rate. The people in them have more job opportunities available, make more money early in their careers, make more money in mid-career, and are happy with the work that they are doing.
Five of these college majors are discussed above. If you’re a new college student looking for a major that won’t leave you struggling with student loan debt for the rest of your life, then one of these five majors just might be an excellent fit for you.