Choosing a major in college can be a super stressful thing. Some majors are much more passion-based and are riskier when it comes to landing a job right after college. If job security and salary are the most important things to you when it comes to picking a college major, these are the top five for landing a job after graduation.
Compiled using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerCast released this list that is likely to stay relevant for the next seven years. The list is based on both the expected median salary and the demand for the job.
Number five on the list is a career in general education. The expected median salary for a middle or high school teacher is $58,600 and $57,908 for an elementary school teacher. The increase in hiring is expected to be plus 8% and 7% respectively. Recent grads in general education have a super low unemployment rate, at around 1%. That number is expected to stay low with the Bureau expecting, by 2026, the U.S. will need more than 76,000 new high school teachers, and about 116,000 more elementary school teachers. However, if money is important to you the study shows that a teacher’s salary is closer to the lower end.
Finance majors come in at number four. A financial planner’s salary is predicted to be around $88,890 with a hiring increase of 15%. A financial analyst is also up there with a salary of $85,000 and a demand increase of 11%.
Number three on their list is an electrical engineering major. An engineering technician job has a salary median of $64,330 and an increase in hiring of 2%. An electrical engineer has a huge median salary of $99,070 and 7% increase in demand. The wages are great in this career field, but compared to other majors, like general education, the unemployment rate immediately after graduation is higher. It sits around 3% which mean it’s much more competitive to get a job in this field.
A computer and information systems major is number two on the list, which makes sense with how digital the world is becoming. A software engineer’s median salary is $105,590 with an increase in hiring of a huge 24% over the next six years.
Coming in at number one on their list is an accounting major. An accountant or auditor can make around $70,000 a year and will see an increase in demand of about 10%.
If you’re still unsure, don’t sweat it. The U.S. Department of Education reports that around one-third of college students have changed their mind, and their majors, at least once during their college degree.