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From Career Builder: 12 High Paying Bachelor’s Degrees

By JLP | October 3, 2011

Found this on MSN (For descriptions of the career, visit the article). One thing I’m not sure about is why they go the “flavorist” route as a career for someone with a chemical engineering background. My wife’s company pays a lot more than that for starting chemical engineers. Anyway, the list is interesting and is something a college bound student should consider when looking at degree plans.

1. Petroleum engineering

Average starting salary: $80,849

Career: Petroleum engineer

What it pays*: $127,970

2. Chemical engineering

Average starting salary: $65,618

Career: Flavorist

What it pays: $58,000 to $76,000 annually, according to Fast Company.

3. Computer engineering

Average starting salary: $64,499

Career: Programmer

What it pays: $74,900

4. Mining and mineral engineering

Average starting salary: $63,969

Career: Mining and geological engineers

What it pays: $87,350

5. Computer science

Average starting salary: $63,402

Career: Network and systems administrator

What it pays: $72,200

6. Electrical/electronics and communications engineering

Average starting salary: $61,021

Career: Electronics engineer

What it pays: $92,730

7. Materials engineering

Average starting salary: $59,826

Career: Materials scientist

What it pays: $86,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

8. Systems engineering

Average starting salary: $58,909

Career: Project manager

What it pays: $90,260, according to the “PMI Project Management Salary Survey, Sixth Edition.”

9. Accounting

Average starting salary: $49,671

Career: Auditor

What it pays: $68,960

10. History

Average starting salary: $40,051

Career: Teacher, post-secondary

What it pays: $70,860

11. English

Average starting salary: $39,611

Career: Editor

What it pays: $59,340

12. Psychology

Average starting salary: $40,069

Career: Social worker

What it pays: Varies, depending on type of social work.

Topics: Careers, Kids and Money | 2 Comments »


2 Responses to “From Career Builder: 12 High Paying Bachelor’s Degrees”

  1. Russ Says:
    October 3rd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I think this pretty much says don’t waste your college years majoring in a soft degree and then wonder why you can’t find a job when you graduate.

  2. Sam Says:
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Gee, my starting salary in Electrical Engineering was only $14,000. Guess that gives you an idea of how old I am.

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