The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors
September 09, 2013

Michael Gardner just graduated from City College in New York with a degree in psychology. He applied for more than 100 jobs, had trouble getting interviews and worked at Home Depot to make ends meet.

Gardner just got a job earning $36,000 a year as a case worker — and he feels lucky to have it.

What you major in has a bigger influence over your income than where you go to school, according to Anthony Carnevale, an economist at Georgetown University.

petroleum engineering



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I majored in applied math. I have an MBA.

Carnevale says those higher-earning majors attract a certain type of personality.
You have to have a very high appetite for what psychologists call realism. That is hands-on manipulation of the world.
You have to have a very high value on working alone, individual achievement.
Women, commonly, and most men have many more interests and values than that, and that’s what steers them away, in the end.


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