When I write each week, my goal is to bring you thought provoking information, calls to action or information on tools that can help you make informed decisions about your major area of study or career direction. Last week we talked about choosing marketable majors and the week before was about spending your education dollars wisely. I’ve provided websites and insight to watching trends for careers. Asking the question, “Is my degree marketable?” is effective, but you also have to know where to begin to find the answers. That’s where watching trends becomes effective in knowing, What is It Worth?
In the Winter 2011 edition of Kaplan Newsweek, there is a great article that lists the “Top 10 Undergraduate Careers by Salary.” Here they are:
Rank Median Starting Salary Midcareer Median Salary
- Engineering $61,000 $105,000
- Economics 50,200 101,000
- Physics 51,000 98,800
- Computer science 56,400 97,400
- Statistics/Math 48,600 94,500
- Biochemistry 41,700 94,200
- Construction Manag. 53,400 89,600
- Finance 48,500 89,400
- Information Sys. 51,900 87,200
- Geology 45,100 84,200
The important factor to remember when reading articles like this one is to pay attention to the source. Where is the data coming from and are there any qualifying circumstances? In this case, there are, click here to read the brief but beneficial article.