The 10 Most Popular College Majors

With roughly 21 million students going to college in the U.S.,  what are the most popular majors? Let’s find out!

10. History

The average starting salary of history majors with only bachelor’s degrees is $36,900, and average mid-career salaries are about $65,500.

9. English Language and Literature

English majors with only bachelor’s degrees report average starting salaries of $36,200 and mid-career salaries of $63,500.

8. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities

Graduates will have to forge their own career path, and they can end up in many different fields, including business, law, education, journalism, and entrepreneurship. The average starting salary for a Liberal Arts & Sciences grad is $36,500, and average mid-career salaries are $61,300.

7. Accounting

The average starting salary for an accounting graduate is $44,500 and the average mid-career salary is $75,100

6. Criminal Justice and Corrections

The average starting salary of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice is $35,300, and the average mid-career salary is $59,200

5. Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods

The type of salary teachers make can vary depending on the subject and grade level they choose to specialize in, as well as what area of the country they end up teaching in. Students who graduate with the related major of general education report average starting salaries of $33,800. Unfortunately, education is one of the lower paying majors.

4. General Biology

Biology is an excellent major to prepare graduates for advanced study. Many biology majors end up achieving a master’s or Ph.D. in order to become medical doctors, physician’s assistants, veterinarians, educators or researchers. Options for those with a bachelor’s in biology are quite broad, and many graduates pursue careers as lab technicians, teachers, research assistants, and technical writers, or they could work in marketing or sales for pharmaceutical companies or food science industries.

Graduates who majored in biology report average starting salaries of $37,500 and mid-career salaries of $68,700.

3. Nursing

Nursing is one of the top paying bachelor’s degrees with graduates reporting average starting salaries of $53,300 and mid-career salaries of $70,100. Those who wish to expand their options in this field can also pursue a master’s degree.

2. General Psychology

Options for those with a bachelor’s degree are quite broad, and psychology majors often find themselves in careers in education, research, advertising or marketing, public health, politics or business. The average starting salary for those with a bachelor’s degree in psychology is $34,700, with average mid-career salaries of $60,200.

1. Business Administration and Management

A major in business prepares graduates for a variety of different careers in management, marketing, sales, advertising, financial analysis or entrepreneurship. Some students also choose to continue their education with a Master’s in Business Administration. Those with just a bachelor’s degree report average starting salaries of $41,200 and mid-career salaries of $70,700.

Information for this article provided by USA Today. Click: Read more details about each major.

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