Best College Majors for 2011

By Brenda on December 15th, 2011


The more things change the more they stay the same. There has been little change to this list since about 2005 so that shows the same majors that have been in demand and pay well do not vary that much. So what we mean by “best” major is the best paying undergraduate degrees. The statistics were compiled by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Petroleum engineering $155,000 – students in this major learn how to locate and remove petroleum and natural gas from the earth.

Chemical engineering $109,000 – chemical engineers are paid to make chemicals work together to create food recipes, configure equipment, and more.

Electrical engineering $103,000 – electrical engineers learn how electricity works and how to harness it to power equipment – everything from light bulbs to hydro electric dams.

Material science & engineering $103,000 – material science engineers study materials such as metal, polymers, and glass to use for various items.

Aerospace engineering $102,000 – Aerospace engineers utilize math and science to design various aircraft and even missiles.

Physics $101,000 – traditional physics study energy and matter. They seek to understand how the universe works including things seen and unseen.

Applied mathematics $98,600 – mathematics majors engage in a variety of careers from education, business, technology, and science.

Computer engineering $101,000 – computer engineers know how to design, analyze, and create software for various uses. Computer engineering is one of the fastest growing careers in the country according to labor economists.

Nuclear engineering $97,800 – these types of engineers learn about nuclear power and radiation. They learn the dangers as well as how to harness the power for uses in various industries.

Biomedical engineering $97,800 – these engineers use cells, enzymes and chemicals to create products and treatments for various medical problems.

Economics $94,700 – economics majors learn how to forecast and analyze economic conditions at micro and macro levels

Mechanical engineering $94,500 – mechanical engineers learn how to make machines work.

Statistics $93,800 – statistics majors work in various industries to analyze and interpret data of all kinds.

Industrial engineering $93,100 – industrial engineers learn how to make factories, and other large organizations run more efficiently.

Civil engineering $90,200 – civil engineers plan and design large infrastructure projects including roads, dams, and buildings.

Mathematics $89,900 – math majors work in a variety of industries including business, healthcare, and education

Environmental engineering $88,600 – environmental engineers learn how to develop products, services, equipment, and systems to protect the environment.

Management Information Systems $88,200 – MIS majors learn a mixture of IT and business skills.

Software engineering $87,800 – software engineers develop software for a variety of industries.

Finance $87,300 – finance majors take on careers as stockbrokers, financial planners, and bankers.




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