New study shows income is closely tied to choice of major. Your barista agrees.

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  1. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Interesting stuff. The article is much easier to read in the link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43139089...sonal_finance/


     


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    at the very least, doing well in an engineering program or doing well in comp sci and math opens doors to other industries that pay very well, some of which being quant trading and consulting. these numbers only show a portion of the whole picture.

    if i could do it over, i would have added a math minor to my economics degree. i had 3 stat and econometrics classes, but very little experience with higher-level math other than calc.
     


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    What they're conveniently leaving out is that most "early childhood education" would (likely) be in the bottom decile of engineering/math/etc.

    They make it seem as though everybody can be great at everything, and people are just making poor choices.
     


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    javyn Senior member

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    In other news, the sky is blue.
     


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    Revenge of the nerds.
     


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    Oh how I love the psychology and social work field!
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well at least I make more than the median in my field...
     


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    but.but.but.the.guy.at careers night.the guy.he-said-all-this-stuff-about-critical-thinking!!!11!employers want critical thinking! he said so! and he must know cos he had a ponytail and patches on his sleeves. This. Cannot. Be.
     


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    Th only thing I found interesting was the 101% increase in salary with a graduate degree if you're biology or life sciences. : )
     


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    It boggles my mind how some people think Psychology is a good major.

    I had a friend who took it (who doesn't right) and he's still has negative cash flow selling pyramid scheme crap.
     


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    I think psych is a good major, but that's only because I'm really passionate about it. I knew fully what I was going into and what to expect in terms of salary.
     


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    It boggles my mind how some people think Psychology is a good major. I had a friend who took it (who doesn't right) and he's still has negative cash flow selling pyramid scheme crap.
    hard call to make. An undergrad psych degree is nigh-on-worthless. Cute, and interesting, but then so are puppies and no one spends four years studying those. Still, if you pursue psych beyond undergrad to your doctorate and then into research/clinical work, then I suppose there is still money to be made. This study assumes you do undergrad and then start sending the CV out...in which case, you don't have much to show for yourself.
     


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    Well, clinical psychology is an actual medical profession (with attendant wages) and requires a medical degree.

    But yeah, taking a 4-year psych degree and then stopping is not the best way to have a lucrative career. On the other hand, I know a lot of people working in journalism or education who love their jobs and pity corporate lawyers and financial managers who work 80 hours a week and have no life, vacation, or hobbies.
     


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