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College students, here’s the average starting salary for your major

Tuition is expensive no matter which school a student attends. Last year, the average student debt load was $37,172, according to analysis by higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz. Maximizing the return on such a major investment may be a matter of choosing a major wisely. The data science team at jobs platform Indeed identified some of … Continue reading “College students, here’s the average starting salary for your major”

College students, here’s the average starting salary for your major
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Tuition is expensive no matter which school a student attends. Last year, the average student debt load was $37,172, according to analysis by higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz.

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Maximizing the return on such a major investment may be a matter of choosing a major wisely. The data science team at jobs platform Indeed identified some of the most popular college majors among the 90 million resumes in its database and then compared them to the jobs that most commonly appeared on those resumes. Indeed’s salary information for these jobs furnished a snapshot of average salaries. As the beginning of a new semester approaches, here’s a look at what college majors translate into careers.

The good news is that a major–even an esoteric one like Scandinavian mythologydoesn’t have to dictate a career path. Developing soft skills that can be transferred to a variety of positions can mean more to success on the job than a degree. And there are plenty of things a classroom can’t teach that could lead to opportunities beyond the scope of a single specialty.

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Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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