Want college to pay off?
1. Computer Science
Source: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Median Base Salary: $70,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Web Developer. (Photo of Mopewa Ogundipe, a software engineer at the Khan Academy)
2. Electrical Engineering
Median Base Salary: $68,438 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Electrical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Software Developer. (Photo of Paul Hamilton future electrical engineer at NASA)
3. Mechanical Engineering
Median Base Salary: $68,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineer, Project Engineer. (Photo of Mechanical engineer Hayley Cashdollar)
4. Chemical Engineering
Median Base Salary: $65,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer Project Engineer. (Photo of Leda Castilho, a chemical engineer and top Zika virus researcher)
5. Industrial Engineering
Median Base Salary: $64,381 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Industrial Engineer, Quality Engineer, Production Planner.
6. Information Technology
Median Base Salary: $64,008 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Programmer Analyst, Technical Support, Systems Engineer.
Median Base Salary: $60,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Data Analyst, Statistician, Data Scientist. (Photo of James Hsu, senior data analyst for Lyft)
Median Base Salary: $58,928 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Case Manager. (Photo of Nurses at Stamford Hospital)
10. Management Information Systems
Median Base Salary: $58,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Network Administrator, Help Desk Analyst, Business Analyst.
Median Base Salary: $54,900 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Investment Banking Analyst, Accountant.
Median Base Salary: $54,018 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Math Teacher, Software Engineer, Data Analyst. (Photo of Kai King, middle school math teacher, Patrice Greenglass, ELA teacher and Tommy Hoang, middle school math teacher.)
13. Biomedical Engineering
Median Base Salary: $52,814 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Biomedical Engineer, Service Engineer, Clinical Research Associate. (Photo of Afrouz Anderson, a biomedical engineer at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.)
Median Base Salary: $52,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Accountant, Auditor, Financial Analyst.
Median Base Salary: $52,000 Popular Entry-Level Jobs: Financial Analyst, Management Analyst, Accountant.
Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, as many of the top-earning entry-level jobs are tied to related majors, according to a Glassdoor study released Monday.
The job search engine analyzed more than 500,000 resumes and self-reported salaries to determine which majors pay the most during the first five years after graduation. Eight of the 10 most-bankable majors are tied to engineering or technology, such as computer science, electrical engineering and information technology. Nearly half of the majors listed are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, though business-related majors, such as accounting and marketing, crack the top half of the 50 majors listed.
The analysis is consistent with previous studies that show employers place a premium on graduates in STEM fields. Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that the top 25 percent of earners with education degrees can expect to make as much as the bottom 25 percent of people with engineering degrees, even mid-career. An advanced degree will improve an educator's prospects, but not enough to narrow the wage gap with engineers, the study said.
Having a bachelor's degree of any kind from a reputable school gives young workers a better chance in a job market that increasingly demands a college education. Four-year college graduates now comprise a larger share of the workforce than people with just a high school diploma, according to another Georgetown study. Researchers at the Hamilton Project say median earnings of those who have a bachelor's degree are higher than median earnings of high school graduates, regardless of the college major.