Lindsay: What should you major in?
February 3rd, 2012
07:13 PM ET

Lindsay: What should you major in?

Editor's Note: Dr. James M. Lindsay is a Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-author of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. Visit his blog here and follow him on Twitter.

By James M.

The United States is now moving into the time of year when colleges begin sending out their admissions offers. So what subject should you major in?

(Or in the case of most people reading this post, what should you have majored in?)

No great surprises here. Engineering majors get paid the best coming out of college, and they can expect to earn the highest median mid-career salaries. (Of course, being an engineer requires taking engineering courses. Three cheers for differential equations, anyone?)

Conversely, elementary school teachers can expect to be at the bottom of the salary list in both the near term and the long term.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    If I go to college again, I will still choose philosophy, history and international relations.

    February 4, 2012 at 6:03 am | Reply
  2. Deep Blue

    3 cheers for Differential Equations. Laplace transforms are fun.

    Although, if you really want to have fun, computer science is where it's at.

    February 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  3. dmath

    How perfect that elementary is misspelled in the graph.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Kathleen

      You are so right.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
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