Here Are the 5 Most, Least Valuable College Majors

Actuarial science will likely position you well; the fine arts may be more of a crapshoot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2018 11:27 AM CDT
Here Are the 5 Most, Least Valuable College Majors
If you're good with numbers, there could be a top-paying career waiting for you in the actuarial sciences.   (Getty Images/scyther5)

It's desirable to do what you love for a living—but it helps if what you love pays decently. Bankrate did its due diligence for future college students, looking at US Census Bureau data for 162 degrees that ended up producing labor forces of at least 15,000 people, all with a mission to find which majors prove most valuable (at least in the monetary sense). Here, the top five degrees, their average annual earnings, and the unemployment rate for people with jobs in that field:

  1. Actuarial science: $108,658; 2.3%
  2. Zoology: $111,889; 1.4%
  3. Nuclear engineering: $108,591; 1.8%
  4. Health and medical prep programs: $130,308; 2.3%
  5. Applied mathematics: $105,679; 2%
Read on for the least valuable majors.

  1. Fine arts (miscellaneous): $40,855; 9.1%
  2. Composition and speech: $44,211; 4.9%
  3. Clinical psychology: $51,022; 4.8%
  4. Cosmetology and culinary arts: $42,362; 4.7%
  5. Visual and performing arts: $43,996; 4%
See how other majors fare here. (Check out the best colleges in America.)

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