College
by Lance Pauker on April 29, 2013

The Wall Street Journal just published the latest survey from NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers, aka a group that exists so people can be occupied during the day and get paid money for being occupied), which shows what you should major in if you want to make a lot of money right after college. NACE drew upon data from 400,000 employers, which was mined from government and private sources. The numbers below demonstrate actual starting salaries, not offers. 

Of course, it should be noted that this doesn't reflect career earnings growth. Many an engineering job–which RULE when you first graduate–offer less of a long-term growth trajectory than other jobs that tend to follow a more #startedfromthebottom trajectory. That said, if end you up in any of the fields below, chances are you are and will be doing better than pretty much everyone you know ofr the rest of your life.

Engineering may not be the most sexy choice, but as we all know the distinction between sexiness and cash becomes increasingly blurred as we get older:

 

Petroleum Engineering: $93,500

Computer Engineering: $71,700

Chemical Engineering: $67,600

Computer Science: $64,800

Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering: $64,400

Mechanical Engineering: $64,000

Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering: $63,400

Management Information Systems/Business: $63,100

Engineering Technology: $62,200

Finance: $57,400

 

[H/T: WSJ