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Salary and unemployment rate, by college major

BelushiCollegeGeorgetown's recent survey provides insight into the salary and unemployment prospects by college major.  Here's what we learned: if you major in nursing you will definitely find a job (2.2% unemployment).  Also, the study basically confirms what we already know; business, engineering, and computer related majors enjoy the highest wages.  Below are the top twenty five.  For a complete list, click here.

Major field Unempl % Earnings(50th %)
1 Business mgmt. & administration 6.00% $56,000
2 General business 5.30% $59,000
3 Acounting 5.40% $61,000
4 Nursing 2.20% $60,000
5 Psychology 6.10% $43,000
6 Marketing & marketing research 5.90% $59,000
7 Communications 6.30% $50,000
8 Elementary education 3.60% $40,000
9 General education 4.20% $41,000
10 Computer science 5.60% $77,000
11 English language & literature 6.70% $48,000
12 Finance 4.50% $65,000
13 Criminal justice & fire protection 4.70% $50,000
14 Biology 5.60% $51,000
15 Political science & government 6.00% $57,000
16 Economics 6.30% $69,000
17 Electrical engineering 5.00% $86,000
18 History 6.50% $50,000
19 Sociology 7.00% $45,000
20 Liberal arts 7.60% $48,000
21 Commercial art & graphic design 8.10% $45,000
22 Fine arts 7.40% $44,000
23 Mechanical engineering 3.80% $81,000
24 General engineering 5.90% $73,000
25 Journalism 7.00% $50,000

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