This year is the year I choose my major — and frankly, I still have little to no idea what to specialize in.
For today's prospective college students, the pressure is high to choose a STEM major, and set themselves up for a high-paying, in-demand occupation. There's just one problem: what if science and technology -- outside of the scope of speculative fiction -- genuinely don't excite you?
A big paycheck is nice, but all the money in the world won't buy you happiness if you choose a career that's a bad fit for your personality and aptitudes. That said, not every high-paying STEM career is solely the dominion of left-brain types.
If you want to get rich -- or at least, comfortable enough not to have to worry about paying off those loans -- which major you choose can be even more important than which college or university you decide to attend. PayScale's latest release of the College Salary Report focuses on the majors that will help you pull in the big bucks.
For every pundit who assures us that college is not for everyone, there's a study reminding us that employers often feel differently. But with college tuition costs skyrocketing -- even at public schools, and with financial aid -- we could be forgiven for wondering exactly what we're getting out of our tuition dollars.
When it comes to picking a major, earning potential is only part of the picture. After all, if you're a born English major, forcing yourself into a STEM field is more a recipe for discomfort than a guarantee of riches down the line. Once you know what you want to study, you'll need to find the school whose graduates in that concentration find the most success after graduation.