MAINT STREET: 5 of the Most Lucrative Degrees to Consider if You’re About to Declare a Major

Career College Central Summary:

  • There’s no denying that a college degree is expensive, but ultimately, you’re in control of just how lucrative that degree is or isn’t. While there are always exceptions to the rule, such as English majors who go on to found SEO agencies, or art majors who open successful galleries, many students play it safe, work to get a more marketable degree and figure out just what kind of realistic income their degree may earn them. An education is a worthwhile undertaking, but to maximize how lucrative your degree will be, do your research before declaring a major. 
  • According to Craig Brandon, the author of The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child (BenBella Books, 2010), college degrees aren’t what they used to be. 
  • “With college, only the motivated need apply,” says Brandon, which basically means if you’re not going to apply yourself and do something with that degree, it’s not going to pay for itself automatically. That may sound like common sense to an adult, but think back to your college days. How much of the time were you heeding common sense? The answer to that varies with the person obviously. Regardless, it’s helpful to have a guidepost showing you the most lucrative degrees out there. Here are some of them:

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