The Highest (and Lowest) Paying College Majors

by Machiavelli

24/7 Wall St.

According to a new study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average college graduate will earn $2.4 million over his or her lifetime. Engineering majors, the highest-earning major, will earn more than $3.6 million. The study, which is part of the 2011 American Community Survey, showed that the choice of major can make the difference between earning less than a million dollars — as in the case of a childcare worker with an education degree — or more than $6.5 million, as a physician or surgeon who majored in biology.

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The study, which divided college majors into 13 separate categories, determined how much a graduate can reasonably expect to earn over a lifetime if they go down one of these paths. The differences are stark. Based on the survey, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the expected lifetime earnings of all 13 categories…

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