What’s Your Major Worth?

Looking ahead to graduation and wondering what that first pay check is going to look like? Or maybe you’re about to declare your major and need a little help deciding.  You may want to take a peek at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently published 2013 January Salary Survey.  The report looks at employer-based data from over 400,000 companies and the actual starting salaries for the Class of 2012.

The executive summary  spills the beans on which industry was the busiest in new hires (education), which was the highest paying industry regardless of your major (mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction), and which was the highest paid major for the Class of 2012.

So who’s psyched?  Engineering and Computer Science majors that’s who.  Who’s extra psyched? Mechanical engineers who chose careers in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. Their starting salaries were the highest overall averaging $77,500.

Check it out.  To read the executive summary from NACE for free, click here.

NACE Salary Survey 2013

Source: NACE January 2013 Salary Survey

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Source: NACE January 2013 Salary Survey

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