Thursday, May 13, 2010

Before you get that degree in theatre...

Thank you once again to CottMail for bringing this one to us.

There's no denying the value of a college education: According to recent U.S. Census surveys, the median salary for college grads is more than $20,000 higher than that of people with only a high school diploma. And the unemployment rate for people with bachelor's degrees is almost half the rate for people without. But some degrees are worth more than others, as shows in its 2010 report on the earning power of bachelor's degrees. No surprise, engineering degrees continue to be top earners -- and (also no big shocker) you have to go pretty far down the list before you see the liberal arts well represented. But there's more to choosing a major than comparing dollar amounts. We salute and congratulate the graduates whose interests (and hard work) have led them to the following degrees -- the lowest-earning degrees on PayScale's list:
#10. Drama (starting annual salary: $35,600; mid-career annual salary: $56,600)
# 9. Fine arts (starting annual salary: $35,800; mid-career annual salary: $56,300)
# 8. Hospitality and tourism
# 7. Education
# 6. Horticulture
# 5. Spanish
# 4. Music (starting annual salary: $34,000; mid-career annual salary: $52,000)
# 3. Theology
# 2. Elementary education
# 1. Social work

Happy Birthday: Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) & Bea Arthur (1922-2009)

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