Careers by College Major

Choosing a college major is an important (and sometimes overwhelming) decision. As with all big decisions in life, you should take some time to gather the information you need to make an educated decision, and think about how your decision could impact your future.

Some college majors (like engineering and accounting) prepare students for a career in a specific type of occupation, but most don’t. And while it’s important to consider the career options your major will provide you, always remember this: employers hire people, not degrees. As important as your decision might feel as you’re making it, the truth is that there are incredibly successful and happy people who come from all academic backgrounds. The most direct path to leading a happy and fulfilling life is to follow your passions.

Explore Majors

Below is some information that will help you make an informed decision about your college major. Select a major to learn about the career opportunities available to graduates from that major.

Major Unemployment Rate 25th % Earnings Median Earnings 75th % Earnings
Accounting 5.4% $41,000 $61,000 $94,000
Anthropology / Archaeology 6.9% $30,000 $40,000 $60,000
Architecture 10.6% $37,000 $60,000 $85,000
Art 4.2% $32,000 $41,000 $51,000
Astronomy 0.0% $56,000 $62,000 $101,000
Biology 5.6% $35,000 $51,000 $76,000
Business 5.3% $38,000 $59,000 $91,000
Chemistry 5.1% $39,000 $59,000 $85,000
Communications 6.3% $35,000 $50,000 $81,000
Computer Science 5.6% $50,000 $77,000 $102,000
Economics 6.3% $42,000 $69,000 $108,000
Education 4.2% $31,000 $41,000 $53,000
Engineering 5.9% $47,000 $73,000 $101,000
English 6.7% $32,000 $48,000 $75,000
Foreign Language 5.9% $32,000 $48,000 $67,000
Geography 6.1% $40,000 $54,000 $81,000
History 6.5% $34,000 $50,000 $81,000
Journalism 7.0% $34,000 $50,000 $79,000
Marketing 5.9% $40,000 $59,000 $90,000
Math 5.0% $42,000 $63,000 $95,000
Music 5.2% $30,000 $45,000 $67,000
Nursing 2.2% $48,000 $60,000 $80,000
Philosophy / Religion 7.2% $30,000 $42,000 $65,000
Physical Education 4.5% $34,000 $46,000 $59,000
Physics 4.5% $39,000 $68,000 $101,000
Psychology 6.1% $30,000 $43,000 $65,000
Sociology 7.0% $33,000 $45,000 $67,000