Need Help Choosing a College Major? Consider 1 of These High-Paying Fields

One of the toughest parts of starting college is choosing a major. There’s so much pressure to choose the right major, that the process can cause a tremendous amount of stress. One thing you’ll want to pay attention to when making a choice is your return on investment. It’s important to choose a field of study that will make it possible for you to be able to pay your bills on time and live somewhat comfortably. To find the majors that can help you earn the most money, we took a look at LinkedIn’s 2017 State of Salary report.

Here are eight high-paying majors to consider, according to LinkedIn. Some of them might surprise you.

1. Electrical and electronic engineering

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An electrical engineer can work in many different fields. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $78,600
  • Jobs you can get: Aerospace engineer, architectural and engineering manager

Bachelor’s degree holders can expect to make a median annual salary of $96,270, according to BLS data. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $78,600. A degree in electrical and electronic engineering will allow you to work in positions such as an aerospace engineer, architectural and engineering manager, and network or computer systems administrator.

2. Law

Smiling lawyer holding file in courtroom

That law degree is expensive, but it can pay off. | Chris Ryan/OJO Images/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $79,000
  • Jobs you can get: arbitrator, judge

A degree in law can make it just a little bit easier to live comfortably (after you’ve paid off all those student loans, that is). Once you earn your law degree, you can expect to make a median annual salary of $118,160, according to BLS data. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $79,000. A law degree will allow you to work in positions such as an arbitrator, judge, or college professor.

3. Architecture, design and applied art

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You can score big deals in the long run. | Naphat_Jorjee/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $81,200
  • Jobs you can get: Architectural and engineering manager, civil engineer

Once you earn your bachelor’s degree, you can expect to earn a median salary of $76,930, according to the BLS. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $81,200. A degree in architecture, design, and applied art will allow you to work in positions such as an architectural and engineering manager, civil engineer, or urban and regional planner.

4. Business management and administration

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There are many different paths you can take with this degree. | Rostislav_Sedlacek/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $83,700
  • Jobs you can get: Compensation and benefits manager, management analyst

Bachelor’s degree holders who enter the fields of business management and administration can expect to earn a median salary of $90,050, according to the BLS. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $83,700. A degree in business management and administration will allow you to work in positions such as a cost estimator, compensation and benefits manager, or management analyst.

5. Industrial engineering and management science

Engineers can make fairly high salaries. | Hybrid Images/Cultura/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $85,800
  • Jobs you can get: Architectural engineer or manager, health and safety engineer

Upon earning a bachelor’s degree, those in the field of industrial engineering and management science can expect to earn a median salary of $84,310, according to the BLS. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $85,800. A degree in industrial engineering and management science will allow you to work in positions such as an architectural engineer or manager, health and safety engineer, or industrial production manager.

6. Sociology

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Most people wouldn’t expect sociology to come with such a high salary. | eskaylim/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $87,900
  • Jobs you can get: Economist, political scientist

You might be surprised to discover a degree in the social sciences could help you get a high-paying job. If you receive a master’s degree, you could earn a median annual salary of $79,750, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LinkedIn found average salaries in this field are roughly $87,900. A sociology degree will allow you to work in positions such as an economist, political scientist, statistician, or urban planner.

7. Visual art

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You can work in an office or at home. | Makidotvn/iStock / Getty Images Plus

  • Average salary: $90,390
  • Jobs you can get: Art director, computer programmer

Upon earning a bachelor’s degree, those in the field of multimedia art and animation can expect to earn a median annual  salary of $65,300, according to the BLS. LinkedIn estimates the average salary is $90,390. This field is expected to grow faster than average, so if you choose to major in visual art, you should have a good shot at quickly snagging your first job after graduation. Although most in this career work in an office, some work from home, so that’s an added perk.

8. Computer science

Technology is a booming industry. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Average salary: $92,300
  • Jobs you can get: Computer hardware engineer, database administrator

Careers in technology prove to be quite lucrative. Computer and information research scientists invent and design new ways to use technology. If you go beyond the bachelor’s and earn a master’s degree, you can expect to earn a median annual salary of $111,840, according to the BLS. A degree in computer science will allow you to work in positions such as a computer hardware engineer, database administrator, or information security analyst.

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