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Class of 2011: Who’ll Earn The Big Bucks?

May 24, 2011 by Geneva Reid
Posted in: Special Report

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Another batch of graduates is preparing to toss their caps in the air. Which degrees promise the biggest payoffs — and which offer the worst? Here’s what the future holds … The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) lists the following as the best-paying Bachelor’s degrees:

  1. Petroleum Engineering: Average salary offer $86,220
  2. Chemical Engineering: $65,142
  3. Mining & Mineral Engineering: $64,552
  4. Computer Science: $61,205
  5. Computer Engineering: $60,879
  6. Electrical and Communications Engineering: $59,074
  7. Mechanical Engineering: $58,392
  8. Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering: $57,734
  9. Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering: $57,231
  10. Information Sciences and Systems: $54,038

And now for the worst-paying degrees, according to PayScale salary survey:

  1. Drama: Starting salary $35,600
  2. Fine Arts: $35,800
  3. Hospitality and Tourism: $35,800
  4. Education: $36,200
  5. Horticulture: $37,200
  6. Spanish: $37,200
  7. Music: $34,000
  8. Theology: $34,800
  9. Elementary Education: $33,000
  10. Social Work: $33,400

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