The Top 5 Accredited Degrees With the Best Earning Potential

June 28, 2013 ·

Entering a college or university can be a bewildering experience. There are a thousand choices to be made: which courses to take, which clubs and teams to join, who to spend time with, what jobs and internships to apply for.


But perhaps the biggest decision is your major. There are so many paths a student can take: you could follow any of your interests, but student loans and debt tend to discourage many students from pursuing an intriguing area in favor of a course of study that supposedly leads to a well-paying job.


From college to career


Many students may be hoping for a memorable college experience. But the wise ones know they need to acquire knowledge and job training, and meet the right people and make contacts, in order to have a career waiting for them out of school. They can also jump-start their career with part-time jobs and internships in the field while they’re working on their degree.


The major you choose should ideally be in a field you’re passionate about, of course, but you should also consider potential salaries and the hiring demand for jobs in the industry for which that major is intended to prepare you.


Which degrees have the best earning potential?


Everyone wants to make enough money to pay off their debts and live comfortably. Some college majors pose an advantage because they direct graduates to positions with a high salary right away. Other industries tend to require recent graduates to work their way up to a high-paying job over time.


Here are five popular degree programs that pretty much guarantee you a job with a good salary right out of school.


1. Pharmaceutical sciences


If you’re interested in getting into the healthcare industry (generally acknowledged to be a high-growth field into the foreseeable future), but you aren’t interested in the long hours and stressful conditions that face doctors and nurses, you might find a satisfying career for yourself in pharmaceutical sciences or administration.


2. Computer science


It should come as no surprise that tech-savvy people are in high demand. Computer science majors often end up with a lasting career and a salary that starts at $64,000 a year.


3. Finance


If you want money, you have to go where the money is. Financing and accounting jobs typically have a starting salary just under $60,000.


4. Information science


Just like a career in computer science, our technology-driven world demands workers who have the ability to collect and collect information and analyze data. They often start off with an annual salary around $55,000.


5. Engineering


Right now, well-trained engineers, of any sort, are in high demand. A student who wants a guaranteed job right out of college should seriously consider majoring in an engineering discipline. From chemical engineering to mechanical or petroleum engineering, there are lots of high-paying jobs for new college graduates in this field.


Choosing the right degree


Picking a degree program is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Students are told that college is a place to explore new things and try a little bit of everything before settling on the area that they’re most passionate about.


On the other hand, they face the dilemma of having to make a decision right away and complete the credits they need in time to graduate with a degree. There is a lot of pressure to pick a major, and a career, early in the process.

The luckiest students find that they’re interested in a program with high earning potential right out of the gate, and they happily stick with it all the way to graduation.


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