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Best College Majors

January 29th, 2013 - 1:51 PM

This morning I read a Forbes article on Yahoo! Finance that focused on College Degrees with the highest starting salaries. While I’m far removed from college (I’ll be attending my 20-year high school reunion this year!), this is something I’m very interested these days. My awesome, smart, talented nephew is graduating from High School in May, and he’s in the grueling process of deciding what school he’ll call home... Baylor or the University of Oklahoma (though I pushed for the University of Arkansas early on. Go Hogs!)

At the same time, I’m acutely aware that across the nation graduating seniors and their parents (and maybe even some college freshmen and sophomores) are trying to figure out what they’ll do with the rest of their lives, and where they’ll live while they’re doing it. This is also the time of year where we begin getting calls and emails from students and parents who are planning college moves. What an exciting time!

For those of you who are trying to decide what to do with your life, here is a run-down of research presented by Forbes that may help you make a decision. It’s also a good idea to do some career aptitude tests to see where you’re strengths lie. Funeducation.com and careerpath.com are good online options.

The 15 Most Valuable College Majors
Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science
Software Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering
Management Information Systems
Petroleum Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Construction Management

10 Worst College Majors
Anthropology and Archeology
Film, Video and Photographic Arts
Fine Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Liberal Arts
Physical Fitness and Parks Recreation
Commercial Art and Graphic Design
English Language and Literature

10 Best Paying College Majors
Computer Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical/Electronics Engineering
Civil Engineering
Construction Science
Information Science and Systems

10 Best Paying College Majors for Women
Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration
Information Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Computer Engineering
Business Economics
Civil Engineering

10 Best-Paying Jobs for Community College Grads
Air Traffic Controllers
Construction Managers
Radiation Therapists
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Dental Hygienists
Nuclear Technicians
registered Nurses
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

The Best Jobs In Health Care
Dental Hygienist
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Physician’s Assistant
General Practice Physician
Registered Nurse
Speech Pathologist

The Best Jobs That Don’t Require A Bachelor’s Degree
Registered Nurse
Dental Hygienist
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Construction Managers
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Respiratory Therapists
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
Insurance Sales Agents
Physical Therapist Assistants
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Administrative Service Managers
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
Operating Engineers and Other construction Equipment Operators
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

Hopefully these lists will prompt you to start digging into careers that may appeal to you. If you’re also in the planning stage of moving to college, check out U-Pack’s College Moving Checklist so you don’t forget a thing!