The non-STEM majors with the highest salaries

Graduates don't have to major in engineering to earn a livable salary, Dian Schaffhauser reports for Campus Technology.

She cites a recent report by LinkedIn, in which analysts analyze data on salary, job title, location, field of study, company size, and industry from more than two million users of the website.

Contrary to what you might expect, LinkedIn's list of highest paying majors was not entirely dominated by STEM fields, Schaffhauser points out. Out of the top 10, six were from the arts or social sciences.

The top 10 highest-paying majors are below, with non-STEM majors in bold text:

1: Computer Science, $92,300

2: Visual Art, $90,390

3: Sociology, $87,900

4: Industrial Engineering & Management Science, $85,800

5: Business Management & Administration, $83,700

6: Architecture, Design & Applied Art, $81,200

7: Law, $79,000

8: Electrical & Electronic Engineering, $78,600

9: Physics, $78,400

10: Journalism, Media, & Communication, $77,970

Of course, salary isn't everything. In a recent article for the Washington Post, Danielle Paquette reported that some low-earning fields, such as counseling, social work, and teaching, have at least one advantage over the long term: they aren't likely to be replaced by automation anytime soon.

Paquette argued that machines will never be able to fully replace preschool teachers—who make about $35,000 annually—because robots don't have the empathy necessary to interpret a child's needs. She pointed out that social workers and counselors also need high degrees of empathy to succeed at their jobs (Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, 9/28; LinkedIn report, accessed 10/13).

 

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