What to major in to get a major pay day

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If you're anything like the girls here at Bottle, you want to get your degree, get a great jobwork like crazy and travel the world. But when it comes to job offers, some majors graduate college with more than others, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Here are the top five major areas with the lowest unemployment rates after recently graduating.

Nursing—4.0% as a recent college graduate, 1.9% as an experienced college graduate

Those who major in nursing have a lower unemployment rate than other fields. Registered nurses have a projected growth rate of 16.0% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also according to the Bureau, median earnings for registered nurses were $67,490 in 2015.

Family and Consumer Sciences4.3% as a recent college graduate, 4.2% as an experienced college graduate

Family and Consumer Sciences majors often can work in different areas ranging from apparel and text design to consumer economics to hospitality. Recent college graduates make a salary of around $30,000, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

Elementary Education4.8% as a recent college graduate, 3.4% as an experienced college graduate

Jobs for elementary school teachers, excluding those working in special education, are projected to increase 5.8% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also according to the Bureau, median earnings for elementary teachers were $54,890 in 2015.

Mathematics6.1% as a recent college graduate, 5.1% as an experienced college graduate

Mathematics majors can work in a variety of positions, such as statistician, teacher, actuary, and research scientist. Statistician jobs are predicted to grow 33.8% from 2014-2024, with a 2015 median salary of $80,110, and mathematician jobs are expected to grow 21.4%, with a 2015 median salary of $111,110, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Chemistry—6.6% as a recent college graduate, 4.9% as a experienced college graduate

Chemistry majors can work as chemists or clinical laboratory technologists, among other positions. Lab technologist jobs are predicted to grow 14% from 2014-2024 and had an median salary of $60,520 in 2015. Jobs for chemists are predicted to grow 2.6% during the same time, and they earned a median salary of $71,260 in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Finance—6.6% as a recent college graduate, 5.2% as an experienced college graduate

Those who major in finance can often work as financial analysts, financial managers and in investment banking. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2014-2024, jobs are predicted to grow 11.7% for financial analysts, 6.8% for financial managers, and 9.5% for work in investment banking. Recent college graduates earn around $44,000 salary, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

Social Work—6.6% as a recent college graduate, 5.8% as an experienced college graduate

Jobs in social work vary in the type of field they specialize in. Most are predicted to grow over 3% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with criminal justice social worker jobs growing 3.8% to healthcare social workers growing 19.3%.


Ava Garcia is an avid runner and Oreo fanatic. She loves backpacking, going to museums and baking cookies. Nothing makes her day quite like a good book and an iced chai tea latte.