Graduating Engineers Top Median Earnings List

In a Census Bureau report released Wednesday, it tallied up the median earnings for different bachelor degree holders. Engineers make an average of $92,000 a year. Some other majors at the low-end of the list: education, fine and visual arts and communications. Those all earn an average of $50,000 to $60,000.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Put down the novels. Pick up the calculator.

You can add the Census Bureau to the chorus subtly - not so subtly -discouraging this year's freshmen from declaring liberal arts as a major.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

At least that's the case if you were thinking that a liberal arts degree would make you a lot of money. In a Census Bureau report released yesterday, it tallied up the median earnings for different bachelor degree holders. Topping the list is engineering. Engineers make an average of $92,000 per year. Some other majors are at the lower side of the list: education, fine and visual arts, communications. They all earn an average of $50,000 or $60,000 per year. And if you find that discrepancy troubling, you might try psychology, which could help you, but it doesn't earn very much either.

Business majors, it turns out, are just ahead, at a median of $66,000 a year. So they're not doing so well either, Steve.

But they're doing - they're not doing it for the money.

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MONTAGNE: Yeah. The experience. Business news from MORNING EDITION on NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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