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Top 7 highest paying college majors 2016-2017

7) Electronics and communications engineering

Definition: Electronics engineering is an electrical engineering discipline which utilizes non-linear and active electrical components to design electronic circuits, devices, microprocessors, microcontrollers and other systems.
Early career pay: $68,000/year
Mid-career pay: $115,000/year
Most popular state: California
Most popular product/business activity: IT consulting

 

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6) Nuclear Engineering

Definition: Nuclear engineering is concerned with the application of the breakdown as well as the fusion of atomic nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics. The job outlook for nuclear engineering from the year 2012 to 2022 is predicted to grow 9% due to many elder nuclear engineers retiring, safety systems needing to be updated in power plants, and the advancements made in nuclear medicine.
Early career pay: $68,500/year
Mid-career pay: $121,000/year
Most popular state: North Carolina
Most popular product/business activity: Operations management

 

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5) Computer Science and Engineering

Definition: From home video game systems to hospital monitoring equipment, computer systems are part of every aspect of contemporary culture. Computer scientists and engineers design, build and improve these systems, finding new applications for sophisticated technology.
Early career pay: $71,200/year
Mid-career pay: $116,000/year
Most popular states: Virginia, Texas
Most popular product/business activity: Financial services

 

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4) Chemical Engineering

Definition: Chemical engineers conceive and design processes to produce, transform and transport materials — beginning with experimentation in the laboratory and followed by implementation of technologies in full-scale production. It applies physical sciences (physics and chemistry), life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry), together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy.
Early career pay: $69,800/year
Mid-career pay: $119,000/year
Most popular states: Texas, California
Most popular product/business activity: Manufacturing

 

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3) Actuarial Science

Definition: Actuarial science is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions.  In 2010, a study published by job search website CareerCast ranked actuary as the #1 job in the United States (Needleman 2010). A similar study by U.S. News & World Report in 2006 included actuaries among the 25 Best Professions that it expects will be in great demand in the future (Nemko 2006).
Early career pay: $60,800/year
Mid-career pay: $119,000/year
Most popular state: Pennsylvania
Most popular product/business activity: Consulting

 

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2) Systems Engineering

Definition: Systems engineering focuses on how to design and manage complex systems over their life cycles.  It overlaps technical and human-centered disciplines such as industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, control engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, cybernetics, organizational studies, engineering management and project management. Systems engineering ensures that all likely aspects of a project or system are considered, and integrated into a whole.
Early career pay: $66,400/year
Mid-career pay: $121,000/year
Most popular states: Florida, New York

 

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1) Petroleum Engineering

Definition: Petroleum engineering is concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, either crude oil or natural gas. Petroleum engineering requires a good knowledge of many other related disciplines, such as geophysics, petroleum geology, formation evaluation (well logging), drilling, economics, reservoir simulation, reservoir engineering, well engineering, artificial lift systems, completions and oil and gas facilities engineering. Recruitment to the industry has historically been from the disciplines of physics, chemical engineering and mining engineering. Subsequent development training has usually been done within oil companies.
Early career pay: $101,000/year
Mid-career pay: $172,000/year
Most popular state: Texas
Most popular product/business activity: Oil and gas field services

 

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