From Career Builder: 12 High Paying Bachelor’s Degrees

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.

2 responses to From Career Builder: 12 High Paying Bachelor’s Degrees

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