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Best Majors for Making Money [infographic]


My childhood plans for my life were simple: go to college, become Princess Leia, get married, and then drive around the country in an RV with my grandmother and my dalmatian, drinking orange juice. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered Texas A&M University did not have a Space Princess major — not even in the school of liberal arts. I was forced to evaluate my options. Did I want a major that would provide philosophical meaning to my life or did I want to earn a hefty paycheck? (Spoiler alert: I became a writer.) 

In PayScale’s 2012-2013 College Salary Report, we gathered the data from over 1,000 colleges and universities around the country and put together an infographic featuring the best majors for making money. As you can see, engineering dominates salary potential. So if your goal is less Princess of Alderaan and more Queen of All Paychecks, the majors on our list could bankroll your big dreams. 

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