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Life Lessons: Majors matter

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 05 2013 04:00:00 AM CST

Could you imagine making $120,000 right out of college? Your major can determine your earning power.

If you think where you went to school mattered more than what you majored it--think again!

A new study out of Georgetown says what you studied has a bigger impact on how much you'll earn than where you went.

Could you imagine making $120,000 right out of college? That's what a new study says petroleum engineering majors make on average.

That's the average salary for full-time workers with a bachelor's degree.

The top five earning degrees were all engineering-related: petroleum engineering, pharmacy sciences, computer science, aerospace engineering, and chemical engineering.

On the other side of the scale were mostly civil works: social work, human services, theology and religious studies, early childhood education, and counseling psychology.

The study also looked at differences in gender.

Males earned the least with a visual and performing arts degree, which was also one of the only categories females earned more than males.

The highest earning degree held by women was a pharmaceutical science and administration, which averages $100,000 a year.