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And The Highest Paid College Majors Are...
Zero Hedge ^ | 04/29/2013 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 04/29/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Presented with little comment but perhaps it is time to rethink that $100,000 loan and the extended MBA program...

 

 

Via WSJ



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: college; major
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1 posted on 04/29/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How can this be? No one wants to be an engineer anymore, because the pay is so weak.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 12:50:49 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Where are the philosophy majors?


4 posted on 04/29/2013 12:51:34 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope these are starting salaries.


5 posted on 04/29/2013 12:52:42 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

You can find them in your local Starbucks.


6 posted on 04/29/2013 12:53:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Womyns’ Studies?


7 posted on 04/29/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: SeekAndFind

When I look at those figures, it makes me sick...to realize that even the lowest-ranking, dumbest congress critter makes nearly twice as the best paying position on the chart.


8 posted on 04/29/2013 12:54:05 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: central_va

60+ grand not good enough for you?


9 posted on 04/29/2013 12:54:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Like to see History, Literature and Woman Studies Majors.


10 posted on 04/29/2013 12:55:11 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SeekAndFind

I can just hear it from the Leftards:

“Big Petroleum Engineer”


11 posted on 04/29/2013 12:55:25 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind
•Petroleum Engineering: $93,500

Go oilfield!

•Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering: $63,400

Go *Tronics*!

12 posted on 04/29/2013 12:56:27 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where is “puppetry”?


13 posted on 04/29/2013 12:56:48 PM PDT by albie (s)
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To: SeekAndFind
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14 posted on 04/29/2013 12:57:09 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: AU72

What’s the poverty line, nowadays? LOL


15 posted on 04/29/2013 12:57:15 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: central_va

“I hope these are starting salaries.”

They are. I have two sons with engineering degrees and their starting salaries were in line with these, given when they started.

What is surprising is that they do not list Civil Engineering. A lot of C.E. work goes to support petroleum infrastructure, and even absent that, a BSCE will get you a starting salary higher than that of BSAE.


16 posted on 04/29/2013 12:57:48 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: 1rudeboy

and all the jobs are in India and China...


17 posted on 04/29/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Uh, yeah . . . whatever.


18 posted on 04/29/2013 12:59:11 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: albie

“Where is “puppetry”?”

In the White House correspondent’s pool.

(Or the tool pool as it is affectionately known.)


19 posted on 04/29/2013 12:59:27 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was selecting a major in college (1960s), I expressed an interest in petroleum engineering. My adviser told me in no uncertain terms that it was a dead-end job with no openings. Someone would have to die for there to be an opening.

From the chart, I suppose there were a lot of old engineers who died or I picked the wrong field.


20 posted on 04/29/2013 12:59:36 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: albie
Where is “puppetry”?

Right above Political Science and Journalism. LOL!

21 posted on 04/29/2013 1:00:00 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But what about the Community Organizer degrees? What are they worth these days? I have heard you can go far with one of those.


22 posted on 04/29/2013 1:01:04 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: SeekAndFind

2011-12 National Average Starting Teacher Salary: $35,672

47,562 (35,672 * 12/9)

Plus benefits including health, retirement, education, student loan forgiveness, etc.


23 posted on 04/29/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: central_va

That would be suggested by the heading on the chart.


24 posted on 04/29/2013 1:03:07 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DeFault User

RE: When I was selecting a major in college (1960s), I expressed an interest in petroleum engineering. My adviser told me in no uncertain terms that it was a dead-end job with no openings. Someone would have to die for there to be an opening.

I gather you took the adviser’s advise. What did you major in instead?


25 posted on 04/29/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Where’s “teleprompter reading”?


26 posted on 04/29/2013 1:06:25 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Hmmm. No "xxxxxxx Studies" majors, here.

Must be a racist survey.

27 posted on 04/29/2013 1:07:08 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Jyotishi

He didn’t need a degree for that...


28 posted on 04/29/2013 1:08:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Languages. At the time there were government programs promoting all sorts of language learning/teaching. With the hippie movement and the elimination of many college requirements, language teaching became the 400 applicants for every college job opening. I ended up in insurance. :o)


29 posted on 04/29/2013 1:09:32 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: SeekAndFind

Amazing! Not a single one of those degrees ends with the word “studies.”


30 posted on 04/29/2013 1:09:46 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What exactly is “finance?” Is that accounting?


31 posted on 04/29/2013 1:09:58 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Burger King.

SnakeDoc


32 posted on 04/29/2013 1:10:15 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: 1rudeboy
60 grand for an experienced engineer sucks. That is as much as a Wal Mart floor manager....

That is what the H-1b program will do, lower wages of the hardest working Americans, engineers being a group in that category.

33 posted on 04/29/2013 1:11:04 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: madison10

Finance is typically corporate finance, securities, investments and financial planning.

SnakeDoc


34 posted on 04/29/2013 1:11:57 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: central_va

The keyword is “experienced.” And it really appears that you do not understand the word, “starting.”


35 posted on 04/29/2013 1:12:22 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: central_va

Colorado School of Mines has a 99% placement history...all mining engineers and very good ones at that..in High demand


36 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:00 PM PDT by Youngman542012
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To: SeekAndFind

Looked myself-accounting and finance are not the same. DH will be finishing up his accounting degree in Aug. just wondering what the prospects are...


37 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:02 PM PDT by madison10
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To: 1rudeboy

I didn’t notice the word starting at first LOL. However if you adjust for inflation engineer starting salaries are not up that much, not much at all.


38 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:23 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have my doubts about these numbers since Computer Engineering is ahead of Computer Science. Computer Science is considered the far more desirable major.


39 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SnakeDoctor

Thanks, SnakeDoc. Hard to believe financial planning has such a good outlook.


40 posted on 04/29/2013 1:16:23 PM PDT by madison10
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To: central_va

Move the goalposts, if you wish.


41 posted on 04/29/2013 1:16:58 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t I see burger engineering on that list?


42 posted on 04/29/2013 1:20:04 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: AU72
Like to see History, Literature and Woman Studies Majors.

Its "Womyn" - and you also forgot to include LGBT studies in that....

43 posted on 04/29/2013 1:21:24 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: 1rudeboy
No you are right I was looking at the trees not the forest. Starting salaries are up -slightly.

My first computer engineering job in 1989 paid 35,000 per year, adjusted for inflation that equals $63820.78

What cost $35000 in 1989 would cost $63820.78 in 2012.

So not really up all that much...

44 posted on 04/29/2013 1:22:45 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
In other words, all that needs to change is your assumption that engineering salaries should necessarily increase more quickly.
45 posted on 04/29/2013 1:24:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Fresh Wind

Maybe we should change barista to Java Engineer.


46 posted on 04/29/2013 1:25:27 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: DemforBush

I think these are starting salaries right out of college.


47 posted on 04/29/2013 1:26:08 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: central_va
60 grand for an experienced engineer sucks. That is as much as a Wal Mart floor manager....

"Experienced" is pretty much the opposite of "starting".

48 posted on 04/29/2013 1:26:29 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 1rudeboy
excuse me, starting salaries
49 posted on 04/29/2013 1:27:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I worked full time as an engineer for over 30 years. I ended up making very good pay, but had I to do it over again, I’d have gone into some kind of business of my own that allowed me some modicum of cash business, deductions, etc. and I’d have cheated my ass off on taxes. As it is, most of my work went up in taxes so some leech could sit on his ass.


50 posted on 04/29/2013 1:29:54 PM PDT by Gaffer
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