Which bachelors degrees will equip students to step into the highest paying jobs? Choose from the best bachelor degrees and you can make bank right out of college — and well into the future — with one of these lucrative careers!
There are many factors that a prospective undergraduate student takes into consideration when contemplating which bachelor’s degree to pursue. But arguably one of the most important should be the way in which their major will improve their salary and job prospects in the future. Fortunately, there are various different college programs available which are not only enlightening and rewarding but will help set budding learners up for exceptional careers in later life.
This list article showcases the 30 types of bachelor’s degree courses that will most benefit students after graduation. Specifically, these programs should equip learners to go into roles with often excellent annual salaries and, at the same time, enable them to enter fields where their knowledge ensures exceptional job prospects in the years to come.
To develop this list article, we first studied other lists from respected publications that identified, in the first instance, the bachelor’s degrees with the best future salary potential and, in the second, the projected best jobs for the future.
For the bachelor’s degrees with the best future salary potential, we consulted the following:
• PayScale, “Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees by Salary Potential”
• Glassdoor, “50 Highest Paying College Majors”
• Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, “The Economic Value of College Majors”
Meanwhile, for the best jobs for the future, we referred to the following:
• World Economic Forum, “These Are the Best Degrees for the Jobs of the Future”
• Business Insider, “The 21 Best Jobs of the Future”
• Kiplinger, “10 Best Jobs for Your Future, 2016”
• Mic, “The Best Jobs for the Future? 12 Industries Where Hiring Is Growing”
In order to single out our entries, we first identified the bachelor’s degrees with the best future salary potential by using the rankings from PayScale, Glassdoor and Georgetown University. These three lists were then collated into one by awarding each degree cited a weighted score. This scoring took into account both the total number of entries on each list and where each degree ranks on those lists. These weighted scores were subsequently combined to give the Degree Ranking for each degree.
In the same way, we then identified the best jobs for the future. Using data from World Economic Forum, Business Insider, Kiplinger and Mic, we collated the four lists into one to generate an individual Future Job Score for each job. Again, the scores were weighted to take into account the total number of entries on each list and where each job ranked on those lists. These weighted scores for each job were then matched with the degrees that qualify individuals to perform these roles. This gave us an overall Future Job Score for each degree.
Finally, we calculated the Overall Score for each bachelor’s degree by adding the relevant Degree Ranking to its corresponding overall Future Job Score.
For example, Computer Science ranked third in the Degree Ranking, earning it 97 points. To that figure, the Future Job Scores for the jobs app developer (41), computer systems analyst (37), computer and information systems manager (26) and software systems developer (21) were added – so 97 + 41 + 37 + 26 + 21 = 222. The Overall Score for Computer Science was, then, 222.
It was on these Overall Scores that the degrees were ultimately ranked.