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New report reveals college majors with the highest salaries for 2012


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In recent years, due to an uncertain economy, it is has become increasing important for students to consider not only their employment prospects after college, but their earning potential as well. While many students are prepared to take entry level positions with salaries to match, according to a recent report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) some graduates head for more lucrative positions right out of college.

According to NACE's January 2013 “Salary Survey,” engineering fields dominated the list of highest-paid majors of 2012. New college graduates in the fields of computer and chemical engineering secured the top two spots, with workers earning an average annual salary of $70,400 and $66,400, respectively.

Computer science and aerospace engineering graduates also ranked high on the list, earning around $64,000 right out of college. Other fields, such as electrical and mechanical engineering, offered new graduates salaries of $62,000 per year on average.

Researchers at NACE believe that the current job market plays a large role in determining why the salaries of these majors are so high for newly qualified individuals.

"This is not surprising since the supply of these graduates is low, but the demand for them is so high," said Marilyn Mackes, NACE's executive director.

While interest in a particular field should be one the main reasons for selecting a college major, students would do well to research the employment prospects and earning potential of different fields to help them make a more informed decision about their major and their future career.

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