Which College Majors Will Help You Get Married?

Have you been looking for love with little success? If you’ve grown tired of attending all your friends’ weddings and watching deliriously happy couples ride off into the sunset, we might be able to help clue you in on what’s holding you back from finding that special someone. It’s possible your college major could have something to do with it.

What you might not know is certain majors can put you in a better — or worse — position to get married by the time you reach age 30. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst college majors if you want to get married by age 30, according to career site Zippia. First, we’ll start with the best majors, based on the percentage of people married at age 30.

10. Family and consumer sciences

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Students learn about the basics of running a home and general consumer issues. | ABC

  • What it involves: Also known as home economics, those who focus on family and consumer sciences learn about the basics of running a home and general consumer issues. Topic areas include human development, personal and family financial management, food science, nutrition and wellness, and consumer affairs.
  • After college: Those who major in this field go on to become educators, social service workers, human resource workers, administrators and managers, and community volunteers.
  • Percent married: 70%
  • Median salary: $60,000

9. Physical and health education teaching

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You’ll need to have a high level of energy and be passionate about teaching fitness and wellness skills. | iStock.com/dolgachov

  • What it involves: This program of study gives students the tools to teach physical and health education. Some programs also have a coaching component, which prepares graduates to coach school sports teams. If you choose this major, you’ll need to have a high level of energy and be passionate about teaching fitness and wellness skills. You should also know how to motivate those who might not be physically fit or interested in healthy living.
  • After college: Those who major in physical and health education teaching often go on to become health teachers, school coaches, or camp and after-school counselors.
  • Percent married: 70.18%
  • Median salary: $42,059

8. Plant science and agronomy

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Those who major in this field learn what certain crops need to survive and thrive. | Showtime

  • What it involves: Sometimes called agronomy and crop science, those who major in this field learn what certain crops need to survive and thrive. They research topics, such as pest management, controlling weeds, and soil nutrients. Students are taught how to assist farmers with growing crops while also preserving the land’s natural resources.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become field biologists, plant breeders, and genetic engineers.
  • Percent married: 70.37%
  • Median salary: $62,300

7. Theology and religious vocations

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Theology programs include an analysis of other faith traditions. | AMC

  • What it involves: Students of theology and religion learn about the meaning and inner workings of religious faith. They analyze the teachings of faith, various practices, and viewpoints. Theology programs also usually include an analysis of other faith traditions. Some programs also add a study of world issues, such as poverty and the environment.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become religious leaders, teachers, and researchers.
  • Percent married: 71.26%
  • Median salary: $45,740

6. Medical technologies technicians

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Students learn how to perform diagnostic testing on patient samples. | iStock.com/Hin255

  • What it involves: Students in this program study the procedures and technologies that make certain medical diagnoses possible. They learn how to perform diagnostic testing on patient samples, as well as how to prepare samples to test for diseases and medical conditions. In addition, students are instructed in how to analyze test results.
  • After college: After receiving certification in medical technology, graduates go on to become medical technicians
  • Percent married: 71.79%
  • Median salary: $52,738

5. Mathematics teacher education

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Areas of study include number theory, calculus, geometry, and algebra. | iStock.com/Tomwang112

  • What it involves: Students in the mathematics teacher education program learn how to instruct others in the mechanics of math. Areas of study include number theory, calculus, geometry, and algebra.
  • After college: Most graduates go on to become mathematics teachers.
  • Percent married: 72.41%
  • Median salary: $46,880

4. Elementary education

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Most graduates go on to become elementary school teachers. | iStock.com/dolgachov

  • What it involves: Students in the elementary education program learn how to instruct young children in elementary school subjects, such as English, history, and science.
  • After college: Most graduates go on to become elementary school teachers.
  • Percent married: 74.82%
  • Median salary: $43,591

 3. Microbiology

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Graduates often go on to become microbiologists and microbiology teachers. | iStock.com/diamant24

  • What it involves: Those who study microbiology focus on the analysis of microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, and their interactions with other life forms. Areas of study include general biology, genetics, and laboratory methods.
  • After college: Graduates often go on to become microbiologists and microbiology teachers.
  • Percent married: 78.79%
  • Median salary: $44,131

 2 Animal sciences

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Graduates go on to become animal scientists and researchers. | iStock.com/f8grapher | iStock.com/HarryHuber

  • What it involves: Animal science students learn how to ensure that animals in our food supply are healthy enough for consumption. Animal scientists take on tasks, such as assessing which animal breeds produce the best types of food (such as milk and bacon) and researching new ways to protect against certain animal-borne diseases.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become animal scientists and researchers.
  • Percent married: 79.07%
  • Median salary: $60,330

 1. Teacher education (multiple levels)

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Graduates go on to become teachers and educational consultants. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

  • What it involves: General teacher education programs prepare students to teach various school subjects. Teachers cover a wide variety of topics, including art, physical education, and more specialized areas, such as special education, language, and Montessori education.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become teachers and educational consultants.
  • Percent married: 80%
  • Median salary: Elementary ($55,800), secondary ($58,030)

Next: The worst college majors if you want to get married

Now let’s take a look at the worst college majors if you want to get married by age 30, based on the percentage of people married at age 30.

10. Philosophy and religious studies

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Graduates go on to become teachers, writers, religious leaders, and researchers.| iStock.com/deviousrlm

  • What it involves: Philosophy and religious studies majors learn how to use logic and analysis to make observations, ask questions, and ponder abstract life concepts. Students study the basics of world religions and delve into topics, such as ethics, symbolism, and existentialism.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become teachers, writers, religious leaders, and researchers.
  • Percent married: 46.83%
  • Median salary: $68,360

9. Communication technologies

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Graduates can be found working in all areas of communications technology. | iStock.com/AndreyPopov

  • What it involves: Students of communications technology learn to operate media equipment, manage communications operations, and provide technical support. Students also learn the basics of management, budgeting, interpersonal communication, and general business.
  • After college: Graduates can be found working in all areas of communications technology, such as film, television, and digital media.
  • Percent married: 46.15%
  • Median salary: $50,420

8. Music

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Graduates go on to become musicians and teachers. | iStock.com

  • What it involves: Music students learn everything from how to play an instrument to staging performances and the mechanics of composing a song.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become musicians and teachers.
  • Percent married: 44.72%
  • Median salary: $39,899

7. Geology and earth science

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Graduates go on to become geologists, earth scientists, teachers, and researchers. | iStock.com/titoOnz

  • What it involves: Students of geology and earth science study the history of the planet and explore global issues, such as climate change.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become geologists, earth scientists, teachers, and researchers.
  • Percent married: 44%
  • Median salary: $58,415

 6. Drama and theater arts

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Graduates go on to become actors and teachers. | iStock.com/twinsterphoto

  • What it involves: Students of drama and theater learn acting techniques to help them breathe life into a new character. They also learn the basics of preparing for an acting role.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become actors and teachers.
  • Percent married: 42.11%
  • Median salary: $51,059

5. Mass media

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Graduates go on to become writers, editors, and television personalities.| iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

  • What it involves: Mass media students learn how to communicate effectively through print, radio, and online media.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become writers, editors, and television personalities.
  • Percent married: 41.03%
  • Median salary: $39,852

4. International relations

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Graduates go on to become diplomats and work in various government positions. | iStock.com/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

  • What it involves: International relations majors explore issues, such as how a war might affect relations between countries. Their goal is to examine how nations interact in response to economic and military policies.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become diplomats and work in various government positions.
  • Percent married: 41.03%
  • Median salary: $71,216

3. Pharmaceutical sciences and administration

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Graduates go on to become pharmacists, managers, and researchers. | iStock.com/Thanmano

  • What it involves: Students enrolled in a pharmaceutical sciences and administration program learn about the research, testing, and manufacture of medication.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become pharmacists, managers, and researchers.
  • Percent married: 40.82%
  • Median salary: $110,507

 2. General social sciences

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Graduates go on to become teachers, social workers, and counselors. | iStock.com/vadimguzhva

  • What it involves: Social science majors study human behavior and society.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become teachers, social workers, and counselors.
  • Percent married: 35.9%
  • Median salary: $54,000

1. Geography

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Graduates go on to become teachers, geographers, and researchers. | iStock.com/michaeljung

  • What it involves: Students of geography study the placement and use of the earth’s surface. They also investigate human interaction with the environment.
  • After college: Graduates go on to become teachers, geographers, and researchers.
  • Percent married: 32.43%
  • Median salary: $55,311

Full report from Zippia.

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