Choosing your major during college can feel overwhelming – especially when you know your decision could determine the course of your career. There are several factors you should consider during the decision-making process. Do your skills, abilities, and experience lend to a successful career in that particular field? Also, is working in a high-paying career important to you?
If you answered yes, then you may want to consider this list of top 10 highest paying majors, courtesy of the The Wall Street Journal :
- Petroleum Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering
- Management Information Systems/Business
- Engineering Technology
According to The Wall Street Journal, petroleum engineering is the highest paying major. Those who major in petroleum engineering design and develop methods for extracting gas and oil from below the Earth’s surface while working in either a research laboratory or an office. To become a professional in this field, you would most likely need to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
A popular major from the list is computer science; this is the systematic study of information and our interaction with it, according to Princeton University. Since computers are relevant now more than ever, computer science majors are popular.
Management information systems/business is also high-paying major. If you decide to major in this field, you could end up planning, coordinating and directing computer related activities within a company. Many large companies have positions for management information systems majors that pay well.
Rounding out the list of the top 10 highest paying majors is finance. Those who earn a degree in finance typically have a career in financial analysis, corporate finance or investment management and can assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other types of investments.
Though many of these jobs may require you to work beyond the typical 40-hour work week, your paycheck – and the lifestyle it supports – could make it all worthwhile.
 blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2013/04/29/and-the-highest-paid-college-majors-are/ princeton.edu/majorchoices/departments/computer-science/