Money isn’t everything, but it’s pretty hard to enjoy all the other glorious parts of life if your bank account is in the red. For this reason, it’s not a bad idea to make after-graduation earnings a part of your decision about which college major to study.
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1. Petroleum Engineering
Median Mid-Career Pay: $160,000
Even if you ride your bike everywhere you go and never travel anywhere that would require a plane, train, or automobile, there’s no doubt that you owe at least some of your lifestyle to petroleum engineering grads. These folks work for oil companies, research institutions, and universities and perfect methods of finding the stuff that makes modern life go.
2. Actuarial Mathematics
Median Mid-Career Pay: $120,000
3. Nuclear Engineering
Median Mid-Career Pay: $117,000
Design equipment and instruments, monitor nuclear facilities, and perform experiments to ensure safe waste disposal and determine information about material usage. Famous people who have earned degrees in this field include President Jimmy Carter.
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