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    College majors that go on to earn the most money

    College is a time of many overwhelming experiences and exciting opportunities. Whether it is forgoing sleep to prepare for an exam or studying abroad in an exotic city, we realize that college is a unique experience with ups and downs. But post-graduation life can feel pretty good, especially when you get that first paycheck from your first job and it makes all the hard work feel worthwhile.

    For some college alumni the stress of college is really paying off. The rise of information technology and digitization has transformed the job market leading to an unprecedented demand for technical and analytical skills. More and more students are majoring in math and science related to fields with the likelihood of earning at least $100,000 by the time they are in their 30s.

    To show just how valuable these college majors can be, Stacker used data from PayScale to rank the top 100 college majors whose alumni go on to make the most money in their respective professional careers. The rankings are based on the highest average mid-career salary, and in the event of a tie, the major whose alumni earned more money on average early in their career is ranked higher.

  • #100: Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)
    2/ Dmitry G // Wikimedia Commons

    #100: Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

    Mid-Career Pay: $93,400
    Early Career Pay: $60,400

  • #99: Construction Engineering
    3/ United States Air Force Academy

    #99: Construction Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $93,700
    Early Career Pay: $61,100

  • #98: Real Estate
    4/ Mark Moz // Flickr

    #98: Real Estate

    Mid-Career Pay: $94,100
    Early Career Pay: $54,400

  • #97: Agricultural Engineering (AE)
    5/ Aqua Mechanical // Flickr

    #97: Agricultural Engineering (AE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $94,400
    Early Career Pay: $56,100

  • #96: East Asian Studies
    6/ Wikipedia

    #96: East Asian Studies

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
    Early Career Pay: $42,300

  • #95: Architectural Engineering
    7/ Barksdale Air Force Base

    #95: Architectural Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
    Early Career Pay: $61,200

  •  #94: Plastics Engineering Technology
    8/ Argonne National Laboratory's Flickr page // Wikimedia Commons

    #94: Plastics Engineering Technology

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,100
    Early Career Pay: $61,600

  • #93: Information Systems Management
    9/ McConnell Air Force Base

    #93: Information Systems Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,200
    Early Career Pay: $55,300

  • #92: Fire Protection Engineering
    10/ NAVFAC

    #92: Fire Protection Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,300
    Early Career Pay: $58,800

  • #91: Informatics
    11/ Dato // Wikimedia Commons

    #91: Informatics

    Mid-Career Pay: $95,300
    Early Career Pay: $60,500

  • #90: Environmental Engineering
    12/ Office of Response and Restoration // Flickr

    #90: Environmental Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,000
    Early Career Pay: $55,300

  • #89: Civil & Environmental Engineering
    13/ Yokota Air Base

    #89: Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,200
    Early Career Pay: $58,400

  • #88: International Business Management
    14/ UNIDO International Business and Investment Forum // Flickr

    #88: International Business Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,300
    Early Career Pay: $49,400

  • #87: Manufacturing Engineering
    15/ US Department of Labor // Wikimedia Commons

    #87: Manufacturing Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,400
    Early Career Pay: $61,900

  • #86: Environmental Health & Safety Management
    16/ ALPA PROD // Shutterstock

    #86: Environmental Health & Safety Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,500
    Early Career Pay: $54,700

  • #85: Management Science
    17/ Shutterstock

    #85: Management Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,500
    Early Career Pay: $56,600

  • #84: Building Construction (BC)
    18/ AF.mil

    #84: Building Construction (BC)

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,600
    Early Career Pay: $57,900

  • #83: Computing
    19/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #83: Computing

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,800
    Early Career Pay: $53,400

  • #82: Information Systems (IS)
    20/ U.S. Navy photo // Wikimedia Commons

    #82: Information Systems (IS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $96,900
    Early Career Pay: $55,800

  • #81: Business Economics
    21/ Shutterstock

    #81: Business Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,000
    Early Career Pay: $51,800

  • #80: Finance & Real Estate
    22/ Shutterstock

    #80: Finance & Real Estate

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,100
    Early Career Pay: $57,500

  • #79: Plastics Engineering
    23/ Arnold Air Force Base

    #79: Plastics Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,100
    Early Career Pay: $64,100

  • #78: Marketing & International Business
    24/ Frontiers Conferences // Flickr

    #78: Marketing & International Business

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,200
    Early Career Pay: $46,600

  • #77: Economics & Political Science
    25/ Number 10 // Flickr

    #77: Economics & Political Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,200
    Early Career Pay: $50,600

  • #76: Construction Management
    26/ N A I T // Flickr

    #76: Construction Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $97,600
    Early Career Pay: $56,800

  • #75: Civil Engineering (CE)
    27/ U.S. Department of Agriculture // Wikimedia Commons

    #75: Civil Engineering (CE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,500
    Early Career Pay: $57,700

  • #74: Construction Project Management
    28/ USACE NY // Flickr

    #74: Construction Project Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,700
    Early Career Pay: $53,400

  • #73: Sales & Business Marketing
    29/ Highwaysengland // Flickr

    #73: Sales & Business Marketing

    Mid-Career Pay: $98,900
    Early Career Pay: $50,900

  • #72: Genetics
    30/ Keesler Air Force Base

    #72: Genetics

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,000
    Early Career Pay: $43,000

  • #71: Mathematics
    31/ Bryan Alexander // Flickr

    #71: Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,000
    Early Career Pay: $54,200

  • #70: Industrial Management
    32/ Pxhere

    #70: Industrial Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,200
    Early Career Pay: $52,600

  • #69: Facilities Management
    33/ Air Force Global Strike Command

    #69: Facilities Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $99,900
    Early Career Pay: $55,100

  • #68: Business Finance
    34/ Own Oil Industry News // Wikimedia Commons

    #68: Business Finance

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,100
    Early Career Pay: $52,300

  • #67: Industrial & Labor Relations
    35/ Wikipedia

    #67: Industrial & Labor Relations

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,200
    Early Career Pay: $57,800

  • #66: Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)
    36/ Pixnio

    #66: Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $100,800
    Early Career Pay: $51,700

  • #65: Management Information Systems (MIS)
    37/ Navy.mil

    #65: Management Information Systems (MIS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,300
    Early Career Pay: $57,900

  • #64: Computer Engineering Technology (CET)
    38/ Little Rock Air Force Base

    #64: Computer Engineering Technology (CET)

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
    Early Career Pay: $57,700

  • #63: Engineering Management
    39/ AF.mil

    #63: Engineering Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
    Early Career Pay: $61,500

  • #62: Mechanical
    40/ U.S. Army RDECOM // Flickr

    #62: Mechanical

    Mid-Career Pay: $101,600
    Early Career Pay: $62,800

  • #61: Packaging Science
    41/ Fairchild Air Force Base

    #61: Packaging Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,300
    Early Career Pay: $61,400

  • #60: Applied Physics
    42/ NASA // Wikimedia Commons

    #60: Applied Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,500
    Early Career Pay: $56,900

  • #59: Construction Science
    43/ Pixabay

    #59: Construction Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $102,600
    Early Career Pay: $60,700

  • #58: Aeronautical Science
    44/ Nellis Air Force Base

    #58: Aeronautical Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,100
    Early Career Pay: $46,600

  • #57: Economics
    45/ StFX // Wikimedia Commons

    #57: Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,200
    Early Career Pay: $54,100

  • #56: Computer Technology
    46/ Shutterstock

    #56: Computer Technology

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,300
    Early Career Pay: $52,400

  • #55: Finance & Economics
    47/ Shutterstock

    #55: Finance & Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,300
    Early Career Pay: $56,600

  • #54: Biomedical Engineering (BME)
    48/ UC Davis College of Engineering // Wikimedia Commons

    #54: Biomedical Engineering (BME)

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,500
    Early Career Pay: $62,900

  • #53: Finance & Investments
    49/ Shutterstock

    #53: Finance & Investments

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,600
    Early Career Pay: $55,200

  • #52: Construction Engineering Management
    50/ USACE

    #52: Construction Engineering Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $103,700
    Early Career Pay: $60,500

     

  • #51: Mathematics & Statistics
    51/ James Lee // Flickr

    #51: Mathematics & Statistics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,000
    Early Career Pay: $54,600

  • #50: Materials Science & Engineering
    52/ NTNU, Faculty of Natural Sciences // Flickr

    #50: Materials Science & Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,100
    Early Career Pay: $66,300

  • #49: Electronics Engineering
    53/ Air Force District of Washington

    #49: Electronics Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,300
    Early Career Pay: $63,300

  • #48: Software Engineering
    54/ Joonspoon // Wikimedia Commons

    #48: Software Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,300
    Early Career Pay: $66,300

  • #47: Operations Management & Information Systems
    55/ Coast Guard All Hands

    #47: Operations Management & Information Systems

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,500
    Early Career Pay: $60,100

  • #46: Industrial Engineering & Management
    56/ CEphoto, Uwe Aranas // Wikimedia Commons

    #46: Industrial Engineering & Management

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,600
    Early Career Pay: $59,400

  • #45: Statistics
    57/ Shutterstock

    #45: Statistics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,600
    Early Career Pay: $60,000

  • #44: Business & Economics
    58/ Shutterstock

    #44: Business & Economics

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,900
    Early Career Pay: $53,900

  • #43: Accounting & Computer Systems
    59/ Shutterstock

    #43: Accounting & Computer Systems

    Mid-Career Pay: $104,900
    Early Career Pay: $60,400

  • #42: Structural Engineering (SE)
    60/ PIXNIO

    #42: Structural Engineering (SE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,100
    Early Career Pay: $60,800

  • #41: Metallurgical Engineering
    61/ Shutterstock

    #41: Metallurgical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,100
    Early Career Pay: $75,300

  • #40: Business & Information Technology (IT)
    62/ Shutterstock

    #40: Business & Information Technology (IT)

    Mid-Career Pay: $105,300
    Early Career Pay: $58,700

  • #39: Japanese Language
    63/ Pxhere

    #39: Japanese Language

    Mid-Career Pay: $106,100
    Early Career Pay: $46,200

  • #38: Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    64/ Tyndall Air Force Base - AF.mil

    #38: Mechanical Engineering (ME)

    Mid-Career Pay: $106,800
    Early Career Pay: $64,000

  • #37: Government
    65/ Shutterstock

    #37: Government

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,000
    Early Career Pay: $49,400

  • Industrial Engineering (IE)
    66/ Pixabay

    Industrial Engineering (IE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,100
    Early Career Pay: $64,400

  • #35: Physics & Mathematics
    67/ Shutterstock

    #35: Physics & Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,200
    Early Career Pay: $56,900

  • #34: Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)
    68/ AF.mil

    #34: Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,400
    Early Career Pay: $66,200

  • #33: Physician Assistant Studies
    69/ Ohiodominican // Wikimedia Commons

    #33: Physician Assistant Studies

    Mid-Career Pay: $107,600
    Early Career Pay: $87,800

  • #32: Physics
    70/ Shutterstock

    #32: Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $108,000
    Early Career Pay: $58,000

  • #31: Mining Engineering
    71/ COD Newsroom // Flickr

    #31: Mining Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $108,500
    Early Career Pay: $71,300

  • #30: Public Accounting
    72/ Shutterstock

    #30: Public Accounting

    Mid-Career Pay: $110,000
    Early Career Pay: $57,500

  • #29: Computer Science (CS)
    73/ James Porteous, CSIRO // Wikimedia Commons

    #29: Computer Science (CS)

    Mid-Career Pay: $110,100
    Early Career Pay: $65,900

  • #28: Computer & Information Science
    74/ Commander, Navy Installations Command

    #28: Computer & Information Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $111,300
    Early Career Pay: $56,200

  • #27: Engineering
    75/ Coast Guard Compass

    #27: Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $111,600
    Early Career Pay: $63,100

  • #26: Industrial Distribution
    76/ Shutterstock

    #26: Industrial Distribution

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,000
    Early Career Pay: $57,400

  • International Business & Finance
    77/ Wikipedia

    International Business & Finance

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,200
    Early Career Pay: $54,600

  • #24: Engineering Physics
    78/ Edwards Air Force Base

    #24: Engineering Physics

    Mid-Career Pay: $112,600
    Early Career Pay: $60,400

  • #23: Applied Mathematics
    79/ Shutterstock

    #23: Applied Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,200
    Early Career Pay: $57,600

  • #22: Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
    80/ Air Force Academy Photos

    #22: Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,200
    Early Career Pay: $62,900

  • #21: Aerospace Engineering
    81/ Moody Air Force Base

    #21: Aerospace Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,300
    Early Career Pay: $66,300

  • #20: Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
    82/ U.S. Navy photo // Wikimedia Commons

    #20: Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $113,800
    Early Career Pay: $68,200

  • #19: Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics
    83/ Shutterstock

    #19: Computer Science (CS) & Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,400
    Early Career Pay: $62,800

  • #18: Industrial & Systems Engineering
    84/ Mixabest // Wikimedia Commons

    #18: Industrial & Systems Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,400
    Early Career Pay: $65,700

  • #17: Electrical Engineering (EE)
    85/ Shutterstock

    #17: Electrical Engineering (EE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $114,800
    Early Career Pay: $67,800

  • #16: Computer Engineering (CE)
    86/ Shutterstock

    #16: Computer Engineering (CE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,000
    Early Career Pay: $70,300

  • #15: Bioengineering (BioE)
    87/ astro_matt // Wikimedia Commons

    #15: Bioengineering (BioE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,800
    Early Career Pay: $61,600

  • #14: Computer Science (CS) & Engineering
    88/ UC Davis College of Engineering // Flickr

    #14: Computer Science (CS) & Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $116,800
    Early Career Pay: $70,900

  • #13: Computer Systems Engineering
    89/ Tinker Air Force Base

    #13: Computer Systems Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,000
    Early Career Pay: $72,000

  • #12: Aeronautical Engineering
    90/ Aeronautical Engineering: Avionic

    #12: Aeronautical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,800
    Early Career Pay: $65,300

  • #11: Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
    91/ Moody Air Force Base

    #11: Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

    Mid-Career Pay: $118,800
    Early Career Pay: $69,000

  • #10: Electrical Power Engineering
    92/ Idaho National Laboratory // Flickr

    #10: Electrical Power Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $119,100
    Early Career Pay: $68,600

  • #9: Cognitive Science
    93/ Shutterstock

    #9: Cognitive Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $121,900
    Early Career Pay: $54,000

  • #8: Geophysics
    94/ Mines CERSE // Flickr

    #8: Geophysics

    Mid-Career Pay: $122,200
    Early Career Pay: $54,100

  • #7: Economics and Mathematics
    95/ Shutterstock

    #7: Economics and Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $122,900
    Early Career Pay: $60,000

  • #6: Marine Engineering
    96/ Navy Live

    #6: Marine Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $123,200
    Early Career Pay: $73,900

  • #5: Chemical Engineering
    97/ Department of Chemical Engineering - PFI-building // Flickr

    #5: Chemical Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $124,500
    Early Career Pay: $70,300

  • #4: Nuclear Engineering
    98/ Lawrence Livermore National Security // Wikimedia Commons

    #4: Nuclear Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $127,500
    Early Career Pay: $69,000

  • #3: Actuarial Science
    99/ Shutterstock

    #3: Actuarial Science

    Mid-Career Pay: $130,800
    Early Career Pay: $61,200

  • #2: Actuarial Mathematics
    100/ Shutterstock

    #2: Actuarial Mathematics

    Mid-Career Pay: $131,700
    Early Career Pay: $56,400

  • #1: Petroleum Engineering
    101/ Army Reserve

    #1: Petroleum Engineering

    Mid-Career Pay: $175,500
    Early Career Pay: $94,600

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