Which college majors lead to career success? A Wall Street Journal chart, based on 2010 Census data, looks at unemployment rates and pay for various majors. Nursing (2.2 percent unemployment, $60,000 median salary) and finance (4.5 percent unemployment, $65,000 median pay), tend to pay off for graduates, the Journal notes.
Education graduates have low unemployment rates and average $40,000 (elementary) to $47,000 (science and computer specialists) in median pay. Education psychologists do much worse and administrators do much better.
The arts category includes everything from visual and performing arts to liberal arts, geology and earth science (huh?) and cosmetology and culinary arts (lumped together), which rarely requires more than a certificate or associate degree. Still, those cosmetologists and cooks (unemployment is 7.3 percent, median pay is $41,000) do about as well as drama and theater arts majors.