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You got a graduate degree in what?

July 24, 2006

Recent starting salaries (just one measure, I know, but an interesting one) for recent graduates (link) (link to info completely opposite of the below):

Hospitality services management: Up 9.7 percent to $36,480

Business administration/management: Up 6.3 percent to $42,048, thanks to investment banks that were paying an average of $53,277

Accounting: Up 5.5 percent to $45,656

Economics/finance: Up 5.1 percent to $45,112, again thanks to a high number of offers from investment banks and also financial services companies.

Information sciences and systems: Up 8.5 percent to $48,593

Civil engineering: Up 5.4 percent to $46,023

Chemical engineering: Up 4.7 percent to $56,335, thanks to a large number of starting offers averaging $58,456 from petroleum and coal products manufacturers. Those manufacturers may also be responsible for the 12.3 percent jump in the starting salaries of those who majored in geology and related sciences. They are earning an average of $44,191.

Computer engineering: Up 2.3 percent to $53,651

Electrical engineering: Up 3.2 percent to $53,552

Mechanical engineering: Up 3 percent to $51,732

History: Up 3.1 percent to $32,697

Psychology: Up 1.2 percent to $30,218

Communications: Down 0.4 percent to $31,876

Political science and government: Down 2.6 percent to $32,665

Sociology: Down 2.7 percent to $30,944

English: Down 4.1 percent to $30,906

Guess what I majored in…

  1. Miranda permalink
    July 26, 2006 10:25 pm

    I would LOVE to major in English/Rhetoric and teach CC/undergrad composition and developmental writing, but those numbers scare me.

    So I’m majoring in pharmacy instead. Blech. But I will be able to pay for the kids college. Yay me….

  2. Piss Poor Prof permalink
    July 28, 2006 10:15 pm

    Perhaps you could moonlight with comp. It is a field that always needs adjuncts (it has a high burn-out rate–just so many comma errors and asanine arguments one can take). To do so, take a few masters level comp courses.

    Then you can make money and teach on the side.

  3. Miranda permalink
    July 30, 2006 4:17 am

    I do non-instructional support for developmental comp courses right now, so I can understand the burn-out factor. However, I find this student population endlessly less annoying than the general chem crowd I SI for. The developmental crowd actual listens to suggestions and says thank you.

  4. Piss Poor Prof permalink
    July 31, 2006 2:39 pm

    I have also found that there is a segment of the comp student population that sees the immediate need and application of the skills.

    These are the nice students; students you wish you could clone.

    The rest, I imagine evil careers stuck in cubes for them… 🙂

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