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Major money-makers

According to a major study in 2011 by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the top 10 baccalaureate majors with the highest median earnings are: petroleum engineering, $120,000; pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences, $105,000; mathematics and computer sciences, $98,000; aerospace engineering, $87,000; chemical engineering, $86,000; electrical engineering, $85,000, naval architecture/marine engineering, $82,000; mechanical engineering, $80,000; metallurgical engineering, $80,000; mining and mineral engineering, $80,000.

The 10 majors with the lowest median earnings are counseling/psychology, $29,000; early childhood education, $36,000; theology and religious vocations, $38,000; human services and community organizations, $38,000; social work, $39,000; drama and theater arts, studio arts, communication disorders sciences and services, visual and performing arts, and health and medical preparatory programs, each at $40,000.

The Georgetown report analyzes 171 majors in 15 categories. To read the entire study, go to

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