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Best Majors/Careers


In terms of money and the chances of finding a job what would be some of the best majors/careers?


This is a very vague question as any major can lead to a large income. With respect to finding a job, it depends a lot on where you live too.


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Job availability and salary- most jobs in the medical field. A job without a major that still supplies a decent salary with great benefits- garbage man. No lie. But like Rico said, that is a very vague question.


The Healthcare field is always the most secure many positions within it pay very well.


Well that is true but, I do not think people get a degree in classical lit. and expect to make a lot of money.


Premed or Engineering (many different types).

This is an extremely vague question though.

My other thought? Majors that are directly correlated with jobs are the best. For example, Computer Science is directly correlated with a job as a programmer or engineer, Philosophy is NOT directly correlated with a job.

Some may disagree, but I know and have seen far to many people that studied history or philosophy and are still looking for work, simply because employers don't see any relation to that area of focus and a potential job.



I don't know how accurate the actual dollar amounts are [they seem high], but the order of the majors seems to make sense. This only takes into account people who did do any type of post-grad studying I think.

For a bachelors degree alone I think the best bet for good career options would be one that is quantitative [uses a lot of math], hence all of the engineering majors that made the top of the list.

As far as good chances for employment, I'm not sure but I think the health industry and computers/software are growing. So I imagine there.

A lot of other factors play into what makes good career other than money, though. But money's the big one.

Either get a math-heavy major, or one that is vocational, or both [engineering?].


If you're pretty good at math (calculus and above), then I would say engineer or computer programmer. If you're really good at math, then I would say be an actuary. If you aren't good at math, then probably something business-related (finance or management) or healthcare-related would be best.


Drugs. Make them. Sell them.


MD, PhT, OT, RN, chemical engineer, mining engineer, civil engineer, mining engineer, LLB.... elected politician.

I'm a PhT. I earn a nice living and every month get 2-5 job offers without looking. Everytime a really good offer comes along, I go in for an interview. And since people will always get hurt- I'm recession proof.


biotech and pharma are always good choices


med, engineer, computer-stuff, accounting


I hear people who majored in being a professional athlete usually make pretty good scratch.


Art History.


The only problem with being an actuary is that everybody who has any math skill and interest wants to do that. It pays very well for only a 4 yr degree. Job competition is supposed to be pretty stiff according to BLS. That's why I have changed my mind and am now pursuing comp sci. I might still take the actuary tests, at least the first 2, and see if companies want a computer guy who knows math.


Pharmacy technician?


physical therapist I would believe


My guess, as well. CPhT would be the abbreviation for a pharmacy tech (I can't imagine non-certified personnel bothering with an abbreviation for their job), and it isn't all that awesome (probably because anyone who has watched a few episodes of Scrubs/House and knows how to manipulate proportions can pass the PTCB test).

They don't even bother to laminate the card they send you upon successfully completing the test.


Computer science, medical fields, engineering....business and finance