According to CNN, majoring in petroleum engineering at Harvey Mudd can really pay off: as mid-career graduates earn a median salary of $126,000. The data came from a survey that tracked 999 bachelor degree programs and defined mid-career as more than ten years of experience.
The next most lucrative majors are aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, followed by electrical engineering. “Our society values something practical — that’s why poetry isn’t popping up on the top of the list,” said Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at PayScale. “As in the past, engineering and [similar] fields with a strong math component plus a physical world component remain on the top, with lots of money to be made in these fields.”