If you’re a Texas A&M student living in College Station apartments, picking a major is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Of course, your major choice doesn’t always have to be set in stone. It’s rare to find a Texas A&M student who stuck with the same major from freshman year through graduation.
Choosing a major is both an art and a science. You do some soul searching and figure out what career will make you feel fulfilled on a daily basis after gradation. Sometimes you also have to take a few random classes to get a feel for different majors. While picking a major based on your passion is important, you should also figure out a way to make some money with that major, especially if you’ve taken out student loans to pay for college. Going to college is an investment, and smart investors figure out a way to max out their earning potential.
That’s where the “science” aspect comes in. You should do research to find out industries are hiring right now, which careers pay well, and which ones don’t. The last thing you want is to end up with a major in a field that isn’t hiring, or that pays poorly. Passion is important, but so is financial freedom. That’s why the staff at 2500 Central Park apartments in College Station put together a list of the lowest and highest paying college majors. The numbers below are based on median salaries.
Lowest paying college majors:
Criminal Justice – $40,000
Kinesiology – $40,000
Healthcare Administration – $41,000
Unfortunately, some of the lowest paying degrees are the ones for people who want to help other people. It’s important to remember that these are just the median salaries for people who got their degrees in these fields, and not everyone will make this amount. There are plenty of wealthy Criminal Justice majors who’ve worked their way up to higher positions, and the same thing applies to Kinesiology and Health Care Administration.
The aforementioned majors are in three fields that people are usually very passionate about. If you’re majoring in one of these fields, you might get more out of your job than just a paycheck. Just be sure to look for companies or positions that have upward mobility so you can maximize your earning potential as you go into post-grad life.
Now, let’s take a look at the highest paying college majors:
Computer Science – $70,000
Electrical Engineering – $68,438
Mechanical Engineering – $66,040
If you want the money, you’re going to have to earn it. Going for these degrees means hours of homework, frustrating nights in the library and possibly a 5th or 6th year of college. The payoff? Usually a high paying position right out of college and a career in a field that’s always hiring.
If you decide to major in one of these fields, your GPA becomes more important than ever. In competitive majors like these, only the best and the brightest land a good job. Although your GPA will likely be lower than that of your friends majoring in liberal arts, you just have to keep it above your peers in your major classes. It will a difficult four or five years, but you likely won’t regret majoring in such a high paying, high demand field of study. Good luck out there, 2500 Central Park residents!
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