Nobody has to tell you that a college degree comes with a stiff price tag. College tuition is sky-rocketing, and according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the national student debt is currently at $914 billion, a jump of 10 billion dollars in the last three months. So why are U.S. students still going on the hook for a college education? Because according to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, a college graduate with a bachelors degree will earn 84% more over the course of their working lifetime than someone with a mere high school diploma.
But for students who are just starting their college careers it is important to remember one very important fact: all college degrees are not created equal. In the world of employment, some college degrees carry greater worth than others. Because a college education represents such a major investment, why not do the research and find out how you can meld your passion with a plan that will yield both career satisfaction and monetary reward.
A quick survey of current employment reports underscore the fact that college graduates with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related disciplines are at the top of the earning heap, both in entry level jobs and in long term earnings projects. Take a look at a sampling of some of these careers:
In addition to rating high on the pay scale, these professionals also boast high employment rates -- something not to be taken lightly in today’s tough job market. Consider this:
Talk about a great return on your education investment!
Of course, STEM-World isn’t for everyone. Students who opt for majors in the humanities and social sciences can get a good return on their educational investment.
"Whether it be sociology, or political science, or anthropology ... anything that helps you understand people's behaviors and trends in behaviors, I think those would be good majors for people who aren't as analytically focused," says one employment expert.
And while the salaries for these fields may not be as high as those in STEM-based professions, a snapshot of careers in the social sciences shows some solid earning potential.
"Research what skills are most valuable in the labor market … and depending on those 'hot skills' you can also obtain a certificate that will provide you skills that will set you apart," advises an employment specialist. And looking at some of the data from this recent study, that’s smart advice.