Before most of us are even old enough to vote or drink, we’re asked to make one of our biggest life decisions. At 17 years old, high school seniors have to wade through the hundreds of college options and pick a school that they think will be suitable to prepare them for their future career. That’s a lot of pressure for most kids. And, although we may not realize it at the time, that choice will have long lasting effects on the future.
Many of us end up going to college and picking a major that we’re good at or a major that we enjoy. You don’t always think about what your job prospects may be like when you graduate or if you’ll have the means to repay your debt with that degree. Most college kids aren’t in it for the money so they might not even think about the possible salary implications either.
Perspective is Everything
Once you get into the workforce, you realize that most jobs don’t pay as well as you had hoped for. And, if you’re one of the few to find a passion that aligns with a viable career you, consider yourself lucky.
But, for the rest of us, we have to make a choice. Do we want to stay at the same boring job? Or, would you rather try something new? In today’s educational environment, there are a lot of viable ways to switch careers and find something that you enjoy. Online schools and classes have made it very easy to get a second degree or build upon the education and experience you already have.
Here are some of the best paying majors you can go back to school for:
If you decide to go back to school for your bachelor of engineering than you’ve made a very smart choice. Engineering degrees account for 7 of the top 10 highest average starting salaries in a recent study by Forbes Magazine.
Although employment is not guaranteed in every part of the country, there is a huge demand for engineers of all kinds. Starting salaries tend to be very high, plateuing within 10-20 years. Other degrees tend to pay less at the beginning, with more room for growth as you gain experience.
If your goal is to ascend the corporate ladder and make the big bucks, you may want to pursue some type of business degree. The field is very competitive but there is enormous potential if you can work your way up. Most CEO’s and upper management professionals went to school for business and they are some of the highest paid people in the country.
The internet is here to stay! And because of that, the need for computer scientists, programmers and designers is going to continue to increase. Every day, there are a multitude of new websites, hardware and software being launched and they all have a tie back to computer scientists. Coding isn’t for everyone but if you take to it naturally then it can be a very lucrative career.
What college major would you choose if you had a second chance?