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Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

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May 27, 2011

What’s that college degree worth?

Just in time for graduation season, a study from Georgetown University finds that the highest average earnings for college graduates are earned by those with an engineering degree ($75,000), followed closely by those earning degrees in computers, mathematics, business and health. For those embarking on a job search, or considering which field to study, the report (see link above) breaks down these broader areas into earnings by individual major. The highest earnings for a specific major appears to be petroleum engineering at $120,000.

Unsurprisingly the lowest average earnings were for degrees in social work ($42,000), education (alas), and the arts.

The study also looks at median earnings for post-graduates. Looking at the summary data, those in the sciences enjoy the largest financial gain for their post-graduate degrees.

h/t Planet Money

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