The Best (And Worst) Paying College Majors

Not all degrees were created equal.

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As a new academic year dawns upon us and universities all over the globe gear up to welcome a new, eager batch of freshmen into their halls, there lies a big question that may remain unanswered: what should my major be?

US-based human capital organisation PayScale are here to help undecided undergraduates out. They’ve compiled a list of over 200 majors and their average salaries from 2014 – 2015 to give students a rough idea on what their future might hold.

While a degree’s worth shouldn’t be measured solely on its ROI, it is always wise to be informed before making such a major (pun not intended) decision. Here are the 10 best and worst paying college majors of 2014.

10 Best Paying College Majors of 2014

1 Petroleum Engineering $102,300
2 Chemical Engineering $69,600
3 Computer Engineering (CE) $67,300
4 Nuclear Engineering $67,000
5 Computer Science (CS) & Engineering $66,700
6 Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) $66,500
7 Electrical Engineering (EE) $65,900
8 Aerospace Engineering $64,700
9 Electronics & Communications Engineering $64,100
10 Materials Science & Engineering $64,000

10 Lowest-Paying College Majors of 2014

1 Human Services (HS) $33,800
2 Broadcast Communication $33,600
3 Elementary Education $33,600
4 Music Teacher Education $33,300
5 Social Work (SW) $32,800
6 Early Childhood & Elementary Education $32,300
7 Child Development $32,200
8 Culinary Arts $31,900
9 Child & Family Studies $31,200
10 Early Childhood Education $29,700

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