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Wondering What Your Old College Classmates Are Up to?

Most of you have jobs related to your college majors, but have you wondered what your old major mates might be up to? PayScale put together a list of some of the most popular majors along with the most popular jobs and median salary for each. Their list includes the ten most popular jobs for each major, but you can find the two highest paying jobs for the majors they provided listed below. Are any of these occupation / major pairings surprising to you?

  • Business Management Majors: Human Resources Director ($86,000), Project Manager, Construction ($86,000).
  • Criminal Justice: Operations Manager ($81,000), Detective or Criminal Investigator ($63,000).
  • English: Marketing Manager ($69,000), Technical writer ($65,000).
  • Economics: Consultant, Business Process / Management ($104,000), Project Manager, IT ($95,000).
  • History: Project Manager, Construction ($86,000), Operations Manager ($76,000).

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  • Political Science: Intelligence Analyst ($81,000), Marketing Manager ($69,000).
  • Psychology: Human Resources Manager ($65,000), Recruiter ($58,000).
  • Biology: Quality Assurance Manager ($75,000), Clinical Research Associate ($69,000).
  • Science: IT Consultant ($99,000), Project Manager, IT ($95,000).
  • Mechanical Engineering: Design Engineering Manager ($104,000), Manufacturing Engineering Manager ($95,000).


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GinaSnyder GinaSnyder 8 years
Yay, communication majors. LOL
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I'm surprised how much you can make with an Arts degree! haha.. except psychology. That's normal. I looked up average wages in my province. My college classmates all became.. Teacher - $67 800 (this average definitely includes people that have been teaching for decades) Doctor - $200 000 (this average probably includes surgeons.. definitely specialists) Dentist - $111 500 (this is normal)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i work in marketing to an extent but it's funny since that's not at all what i originally went to school for. i do sometimes wonder what my old classmates are doing but not enough to join facebook or anything like that to track them.
mellybean mellybean 8 years
no PR majors - that's ridiculous! sooo many people major in marketing/pr/journalism/communications.
LVBelleAme LVBelleAme 8 years
No Philosophy majors...hmph!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:woohoo: I'm majoring in Criminal Justice AND Psychology. Hopefully, I'll make enough to do what I want to do in life like TRAVEL. :)
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Yay PoliSci! :WOOHOO:
skigurl skigurl 8 years
the Science one must be referring to Computer Science since those jobs are IT
verily verily 8 years
I'm a technical writer without the title and definitely not making that much!
jknocking jknocking 8 years
I think this is a bit misleading, its says that listed are "the two most popular jobs for the majors they provided listed below" but after looking at the original source, it looks like what is actually listed is the two HIGHEST PAYING out of the list of 10 most popular jobs.
menomena menomena 8 years
Ouch. My studio art major is only helping me rake in a third to a quarter of these examples.. :(
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Those poor psychology majors.
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
Strange...I don't see (my) painting major on that list. ;) I am paying lots more attention to these things lately, however, as I have a son heading to college in a year and a half.
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