Student loan crisis articles never feature engineers, points out Online Degrees, which has launched a degree value calculator that estimates lifetime earnings for various degrees and careers.
“Engineers really do make a heck of a lot more money than liberal arts majors,” they write.
In general, jobs in IT and jobs in the resource extraction industries (oil, gas, mining, etc) pay the best wages for holders of undergraduate degrees, by a huge margin. It is not uncommon for starting salaries as a computer programmer to be north of $50,000, which is a respectable mid-career salary for a liberal arts student, and the starting salary at firms like Google or Microsoft fluctuates around the six figure mark, which most liberal arts students will never attain without proceeding to professional degrees. (A first-year associate at a large firm with a degree in Law, of course, makes substantially more money.)
The median salary for journalism majors is only $45,000. But the lowest-earning degree is religious studies or theology.
To make more money, take more math.
Associate degrees have the best return on investment, they write.