The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors
September 09, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/10/219372252/the-most-and-least-lucrative-college-majors-in-1-graph

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

update:
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/03/12/466036711/how-low-oil-prices-are-changing-career-plans-at-an-ohio-college

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What’s Your Major?    
September 11, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/11/221417806/episode-485-whats-your-major

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Why Women (Like Me) Choose Lower-Paying Jobs
by Lisa Chow
September 11, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/11/220748057/why-women-like-me-choose-lower-paying-jobs

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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