Tags: College Choice

With the cost of earning a degree continuing to rise, students are looking ever more closely to their chosen major and asking: will this pay off? While studies show the earning potential of those with a degree is higher throughout their lifetime than those without, there are some majors that boast a higher average earning potential than others.

Here are several degree paths in which you’ll have to break out of the pack if you want to earn higher than the average return, according to Five Rules for the College and Career Game, a recent report released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

1. Performing Arts

  • Median wage early career: $30,000

2. Social Services

  • Median wage early career: $31,300

3. Theology and Religion

  • Median wage early career: $32,000

4. Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Median wage early career: $32,000

5. Early Childhood Education

  • Median wage early career: $32,100

The report shows that an associate’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) field has a higher median annual earnings yield ($60,000) than a bachelor’s in a humanities/liberal arts field ($53,000), arts ($50,000), or psychology/social work ($47,000).

Now, check out The Top 5 Majors with Potential Earning (and Staying) Power.

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