Best Earning Potential For Student

download-24If your career goal is to make as much money as possible, you should consider focusing your studies on science and engineering.

A new study from PayScale revealed that professionals holding STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees have some of the best earning potential, both at the start and middle of their careers. This holds true for those holding associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“This year’s report highlights that degrees focusing on engineering and science provide the greatest opportunity for increased and high median mid-career salaries,” Katie Bardaro, lead economist for PayScale, said in a statement.

Associate’s Degrees

For those holding associate’s degrees this year, the 10 highest-paying jobs by salary potential, and the median salaries for those with less than five years of experience and for those with more than 10 years of experience, are in the following fields:

  • Computer engineering: $41,000/$77,300
  • Economics: $36,500/$76,500
  • Management information systems: $43,600/$76,400
  • Construction management: $44,500/$73,400
  • Electrical engineering: $42,200/$70,800
  • Electronics and communications engineering: $43,100/$70,700
  • Engineering: $37,800/$70,500
  • Dental hygiene: $62,100/$69,100
  • Computer programming: $42,900/$68,800
  • Occupational health and safety: $52,700/$68,700

 

Bachelor’s Degrees

For those holding bachelor’s degrees this year, the jobs with the highest early and midcareer earning potential are in the following fields:

  • Petroleum engineering: $96,700/$172,000
  • Systems engineering: $66,400/$121,000
  • Actuarial science: $60,800/$119,000
  • Chemical engineering: $69,800/$119,000
  • Computer science and engineering: $71,200/$116,000
  • Nuclear engineering: $68,500/$116,000
  • Electronics and communications engineering: $68,000/$115,000
  • Electrical and computer engineering: $68,100/$114,000
  • Aeronautical engineering: $63,000/$113,000
  • Computer engineering: $69,600/$113,000

 

Master’s Degrees

For people with master’s degrees, the jobs with the highest early and midcareer earning potential are in these fields:

  • Nurse anesthesia: $140,000/$156,000
  • Computer science and engineering: $95,900/$134,000
  • Operations research: $80,800/$130,000
  • Electrical and electronics engineering: $79,500/$129,000
  • Taxation: $61,100/$129,000
  • Electrical engineering: $79,900/$127,000
  • Technology management: $65,900/$127,000
  • Chemical engineering: $73,100/$125,000
  • Computer engineering: $86,700/$125,000
  • Computer science: $84,800/$125,000