Studies and Majors

9 Degrees that will Earn You 100k the Fastest
Deciding on a college major is difficult -- should you follow your passions, or should you choose a four-year degree that promises to net a high salary?

Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $108,000 - Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 0 to 3 - With the price of petroleum products at a premium, it's no wonder that people who know how to obtain oil earn high salaries. People with four-year petroleum-engineering degrees work at locating and analyzing reserves, making petroleum available through drilling and other means, refining petroleum, transporting it and more. After 10 to 12 years, 75th percentile earners in this field can expect to make $184

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems employing chemical processes, such as chemical reactors, kinetic systems, electrochemical systems, energy conservation processes, heat and mass transfer systems, and separation processes; and the applied analysis of chemical problems such as corrosion, particle abrasion, energy loss, pollution, and fluid mechanics.

Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General

Computer Engineering 75th Percentile Starting Pay: $68,100 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 7 to 9 Computer engineers usually have training in electronics, as well as hardware and software design. They are involved in many high-tech fields, working on designing everything from microprocessors to supercomputers. As computers become ever-more ubiquitous in our lives, computer engineers are found in an increasing number of industries.

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of computer hardware and software systems and related equipment and facilities; and the analysis of specific problems of computer applications to various tasks.

Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $56,100 - Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 7 to 9 Economics is more than the study of money. In this discipline, you also learn about history, sociology and political science -- all of which affect economics at the micro and macro level. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, "rising demand for economic analysis in virtually every industry” should result in good job prospects for economists, especially in management, scientific and technical consul

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for locating, extracting, processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas, including prospecting instruments and equipment, mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems, and related environmental and safety systems.

Applied Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $70,600 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 Chemistry is at the root of just about everything, so getting a degree in chemical engineering doesn't necessarily mean you’ll work in a laboratory environment.

A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. Includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

Statistics, General
Statistics, General

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $64,700 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 If you ever asked your math teacher, "Will we need this stuff in the real world?" Here's your answer. According to the BLS, people who study applied mathematics go on to use techniques such as mathematical modeling to solve practical problems in business, government and life.

A general program that focuses on the relationships between groups of measurements, and similarities and differences, using probability theory and techniques derived from it. Includes instruction in the principles in probability theory, binomial distribution, regression analysis, standard deviation, stochastic processes, Monte Carlo method, Bayesian statistics, non-parametric statistics, sampling theory, and statistical techniques.

Physics, General
Physics, General

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $59,800 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 According to the WorldWideLearn Web site, physics is better defined "as a way of thinking than as a profession. The field of physics trains students to take a logical, problem-solving approach in whatever situations they might find themselves." People with physics degrees work in medicine, education, finance and other fields. The 75th percentile earners can expect to make $112,000 a year after 10 to 12 years

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

Economics, General
Economics, General

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $58,500 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 In just about any industry, statisticians are employed to gather and interpret data. The BLS forecasts average job growth for statisticians between 2008 and 2018, but a degree in statistics is a good foundation for any job that deals with data analysis. After 10 to 12 years, the 75th percentile can expect to make $139,000 annually.

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

International Relations and Affairs
International Relations and Affairs

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $54,400 Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 If you get this degree, employers will really "show you the money." A finance degree is designed to provide broad knowledge in areas such as corporate finance, the banking system, accounting and financial analysis. People with a finance degree find entry-level jobs in industries such as banking, insurance and government. The top 25 percent can expect to earn $111,000 a year after 10 to 12 years.

A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

Finance, General
Finance, General

75th Percentile Starting Pay: $49,100 - Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K: 10 to 12 -

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Includes instruction in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.

   
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