Majors that make money

The most common majors in Utah in 2011-12 for all degree types were liberal arts and general studies. Payscale.com found in its 2012-2013 College Salary Report that the 10 highest-paying careers nationwide for starting and mid-career employees with bachelor’s degrees are all in STEM. Utah’s top fields of study at public institutions
For all degree types in 2011-12 Liberal arts/ general studies Health professions Business & marketing Social sciences, public admin. Education Vocational studies Engineering Psychology Other/mutlidisciplinary Visual & performing arts

Top 10 fields of study based on salary potential
Starting median pay Mid-career median pay
$98,000 $62,500 $56,100 $67,500 $66,800 $63,400 $62,700 $50,800 $58,400 $49,300 $163,000

6,670 4,767 3,991 2,306 2,131 1,608 1,406 1,255 1,069 924

Petroleum engineering Aerospace engineering Actuarial mathematics Chemical engineering Nuclear engineering Electrical engineering Computer engineering Applied mathematics Computer science Statistics

$118,000 $112,000 $111,000 $107,000 $106,000 $105,000 $102,000 $100,000 $99,500
The Salt Lake Tribune

Sources: Utah System of Higher Education; 2012-2013 PayScale College Salary Report, which excluded those with medical and law school degrees.

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