November 1, 2020

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Top College Majors – Unemployment rate, Salary, & more

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Careers by College Major

Choosing a college major is an important (and sometimes overwhelming) decision. As with all big decisions in life, you should take some time to gather the information you need to make an educated decision, and think about how your decision could impact your future.

Some college majors (like engineering and accounting) prepare students for a career in a specific type of occupation, but most don’t. And while it’s important to consider the career options your major will provide you, always remember this: employers hire people, not degrees. As important as your decision might feel as you’re making it, the truth is that there are incredibly successful and happy people who come from all academic backgrounds. The most direct path to leading a happy and fulfilling life is to follow your passions.

Explore Majors

Below is some information that will help you make an informed decision about your college major. Select a major to learn about the career opportunities available to graduates from that major.

MajorUnemployment Rate25th % EarningsMedian Earnings75th % Earnings
Accounting5.4%$41,000$61,000$94,000
Anthropology / Archaeology6.9%$30,000$40,000$60,000
Architecture10.6%$37,000$60,000$85,000
Art4.2%$32,000$41,000$51,000
Astronomy0.0%$56,000$62,000$101,000
Biology5.6%$35,000$51,000$76,000
Business5.3%$38,000$59,000$91,000
Chemistry5.1%$39,000$59,000$85,000
Communications6.3%$35,000$50,000$81,000
Computer Science5.6%$50,000$77,000$102,000
Economics6.3%$42,000$69,000$108,000
Education4.2%$31,000$41,000$53,000
Engineering5.9%$47,000$73,000$101,000
English6.7%$32,000$48,000$75,000
Foreign Language5.9%$32,000$48,000$67,000
Geography6.1%$40,000$54,000$81,000
History6.5%$34,000$50,000$81,000
Journalism7.0%$34,000$50,000$79,000
Marketing5.9%$40,000$59,000$90,000
Math5.0%$42,000$63,000$95,000
Music5.2%$30,000$45,000$67,000
Nursing2.2%$48,000$60,000$80,000
Philosophy / Religion7.2%$30,000$42,000$65,000
Physical Education4.5%$34,000$46,000$59,000
Physics4.5%$39,000$68,000$101,000
Psychology6.1%$30,000$43,000$65,000
Sociology7.0%$33,000$45,000$67,000

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