Choosing a major in college can be an extremely stressful time for students. This is the point where you are going to decide what you potentially want to do for the rest of your life and there are a few factors that you want to consider. First and probably most important, you want to make sure that the field you go into will provide you a job once you graduate and on top of that you want it to be a well-paying job as well. At the same time, you want it to be something that you are going to enjoy and not feel miserable doing. So there are many things to consider when choosing a college major. Take a look at 3 of the best and worst college majors right now so you can have some idea of the direction you might want to go in.
Best: Electrical Engineering
Engineering, in general, has proven to be a gold mine in terms of providing high-paying jobs outside of college and there are so many avenues within engineering to go into. Electrical engineering is one of them and in research done by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008, it was reported that there were about 301,500 electric and electronic engineers working in the US. That number has surely grown since then, and you can expect a median salary of $85,000 per year in this particular field.
Worst: Theology and Religious Studies
Looking to major in theology and religious studies means you probably are seeking rewards that are not as materialistic. Nonetheless, the median salary for this salary is only $38,000. People in this field are typically studying the nature of God and the relationship between the human and the divine along with biblical studies, pastoral counseling, missionary studies and sacred music.
Best: Computer Science
With a median salary sitting at close to six figures at $98,000, computer science seems to always rank amongst the top majors to go into. This field will teach you not just about computers and technology, but also how to apply that knowledge and how technology fits in a business scenario. Other things you can expect to study are robotics, artificial intelligence, programming languages, and gaming technology to name a few.
Worst: Visual Art
We’ve all heard the term “starving artist.” Unfortunately, this is a phenomenon that is very true for most people going into this field. Majors in the visual arts are known to rank very low on these kinds of lists especially with a median salary of $40,000. It is true that some people go on to be very successful, but for most people, it tends to be a very rough road financially. However, most people usually go into this field because it is their passion, so it means much than getting a paycheck.
Best: Pharmaceutical Studies
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical studies is another field that always seems to rank very high. It is possibly due to the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars go into prescription drugs every year. Also having a median salary of $105,000 it makes sense that a good portion of that money goes into the pockets of the ones who are distributing these drugs to the consumers. However, on top of dispensing the goods, you can also expect to advise patients and physicians selections, dosage, and potential side effects of medications.
Worst: Drama and Theater Arts
Similar to the Visual Arts, Drama and Theater is another field where there is the potential to make it very big, but so few people achieve that kind of success it does not seem worth it unless you are truly passionate about it. Another factor to consider is that you don’t necessarily need a degree in theater to become an actor. The median salary for this field is about $40,000, and oftentimes degrees in theater lead to low-paying jobs.