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Best College Majors For Lucrative Careers

50 College Majors That Guarantee a Great Starting Salary

Since we're still far from solving a problem like student loans, the pressure on college students to land high-paying careers after graduation continues to mount. So what majors are the best bet for making the big bucks?

According to Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, "If college students want to land a high-paying job after graduation, they should strongly consider majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. STEM majors are in demand by the technology and health industries, which offer higher paying jobs that are better protected from competition or automation."

What's more, many companies are actively seeking female employees in an effort to diversify these male-dominated industries. So, by landing a job in a STEM field you'd help close the gender pay gap and make serious bank? Get it, girl.

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According to Glassdoor's findings, here are the 50 majors that will bring you the most cash down the line.

1. Computer Science

  • Median Base Salary: $70,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Web Developer

2. Electrical Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $68,438
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Electrical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Software Developer

3. Mechanical Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $68,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineer, Project Engineer

4. Chemical Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $65,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer

5. Industrial Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $64,381
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Industrial Engineer, Quality Engineer, Production Planner

6. Information Technology

  • Median Base Salary: $64,008
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Programmer Analyst, Technical Support, Systems Engineer

7. Civil Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $61,500
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Field Engineer

8. Statistics

  • Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Data Analyst, Statistician, Data Scientist

9. Nursing

  • Median Base Salary: $58,928
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Case Manager

10. Management Information Systems

  • Median Base Salary: $58,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Network Administrator, Help Desk Analyst, Business Analyst

11. Finance

  • Median Base Salary: $54,900
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Investment Banking Analyst, Accountant

12. Mathematics

  • Median Base Salary: $54,018
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Math Teacher, Software Engineer, Data Analyst

13. Biomedical Engineering

  • Median Base Salary: $52,814
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Biomedical Engineer, Service Engineer, Clinical Research Associate

14. Accounting

  • Median Base Salary: $52,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Accountant, Auditor, Financial Analyst

15. Economics

  • Median Base Salary: $52,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Management Analyst, Accountant

16. Physics

  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Physicist, Research Fellow, Computer Programmer

17. Biotechnology

  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Analyst, Research Associate

18. Architecture

  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Architect, CAD Designer, Project Designer

19. Fashion Design

  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Stylist

20. Business

  • Median Base Salary: $47,850
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Account Manager, Marketing Manager, Market Research Analyst

21. International Relations

  • Median Base Salary: $45,880
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Marketing Associate, English Teacher, Research Assistant

22. Graphic Design

  • Median Base Salary: $45,846
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Art Manager

23. Marketing

  • Median Base Salary: $45,475
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Marketing Coordinator, Account Executive, Marketing Analyst

24. English

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: English Teacher, Editor, Copywriter

25. Political Science

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Law Clerk, Paralegal, Consultant

26. History

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Research Assistant, History Teacher, Teaching Assistant

27. Human Resources

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Coordinator, Corporate Recruiter, HR Analyst

28. Journalism

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Reporter, Editor, Public Relations Coordinator

29. Advertising

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Account Executive, Marketing Analyst, Media Planner

30. Philosophy

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Teaching Assistant, Writer, Consultant

31. Environmental Science

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Environmental Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Safety Manager

32. Social Science

  • Median Base Salary: $45,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Assistant, Management Consultant, Visual Merchandiser

33. Spanish

  • Median Base Salary: $44,256
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Spanish Teacher, Spanish Translator, Project Manager

34. Communications

  • Median Base Salary: $44,190
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Public Relations Coordinator, Journalist, Content Marketing Manager

35. Interior Design

  • Median Base Salary: $44,098
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Interior Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Drafter

36. Chemistry

  • Median Base Salary: $44,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Pharmacy Technician, Chemist, Laboratory Technician

37. Music

  • Median Base Salary: $44,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Music Teacher, Audio Engineer, Media Sales

38. Film Studies

  • Median Base Salary: $44,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Production Coordinator, Video Editor, Proposal Manager

39. Public Relations

  • Median Base Salary: $43,156
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Public Relations Coordinator, Account Executive, Event Planner

40. Sports Management

  • Median Base Salary: $43,156
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Personal Trainer, Sales Associate, Production Assistant

41. Education

  • Median Base Salary: $43,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Special Education Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Language Arts Teacher

42. Anthropology

  • Median Base Salary: $43,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Project Coordinator, Research Assistant, Administrative Assistant

43. Hospitality Management

  • Median Base Salary: $42,734
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Food and Beverage Manager, Front Desk Manager, Housekeeping Manager

44. Biochemistry

  • Median Base Salary: $42,672
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Research Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Chemist

45. Liberal Arts

  • Median Base Salary: $42,500
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Sales Manager, Receptionist, Teacher

46. Psychology

  • Median Base Salary: $42,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Case Manager, Mental Health Counselor, Sales Associate

47. Sociology

  • Median Base Salary: $42,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: HR Assistant, Account Manager, Administrative Assistant

48. Healthcare Administration

  • Median Base Salary: $42,000
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Medical Assistant, File Clerk, Office Manager

49. Social Work

  • Median Base Salary: $41,656
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Camp Counselor

50. Biology

  • Median Base Salary: $41,250
  • Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Lab Assistant, Paramedic, Tutor
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