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People who earn college degrees typically make more money than those without them. If you really want a high-paying job, though, you should focus on these degree options. They lead to some of the most lucrative positions in the world.
An MBA Can Take You Practically Anywhere
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Average Starting Salary: $50,000
Average Salary: $73,000 to $112,000 depending on the industry.
Practically all major companies need smart people with MBAs. Even Google’s staff, which is dominated by engineers and programmers, is 25.35 percent MBAs. Of course, a lot of those MBAs also have experience in computer science.
Many schools with MBA programs let you focus on specific disciplines. For instance, you could get an MBA concentration in project management that prepares you to oversee a group of professionals. That kind of flexibility makes MBAs useful for just about anyone regardless of their career goals.
Some concentration could lead to jobs as:
You know, pretty much the kind of career where you tell other people what to do.
Computer Engineering: High Starting Salaries in Innovative Fields
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Average Starting Salary: $70,400
Average Salary: $63,000 to $101,000 depending on area of work
The world relies on computers. That means it relies on experts in computer engineering. Earning a graduate degree in computer engineering, therefore, can open your career to innovative fields that constantly offer new challenges.
It doesn’t hurt that computer engineering has one of the highest starting salaries.
Some of the jobs you could pursue with this degree include:
Whether you want to work on mobile phone apps or leading a team of programmers, you have plenty of high-paying jobs after you earn a degree in computer engineering.
Chemical Engineering: Exciting Concepts and Good Pay
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Average Starting Salary: $66,400
Average Salary: $90,300
Earning a degree in chemical engineering will require a lot of hard work, but you can earn a high salary without even getting a master’s degrees. Job growth is a little slower (six percent) in this field than average. The demands of earning the degree, though, means that only a small percentage of the popular has enough experience to get these jobs.
Fields that might interest you could include:
Of course, you always run the risk of blowing yourself, so you’d better make a good salary. That hardly ever happens, but when’s the last time you heard of a financial analysts office going “boom!”
Aerospace Engineering: Explore the Universe From Your Lab
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Average Starting Salary: $64,000
Average Salary: $97,480
Not everyone can become an astronaut, but you could earn a degree in aerospace engineering that lets you help other people explore the universe. Given that manned space travel doesn’t happen as often as it used to, tomorrow’s aerospace engineers could be the closest job to space travel.
It doesn’t hurt that you get to bring home nearly $100,000 a year without, you know, leaving the planet’s atmosphere. That’s one heck of a commute.
Do you know anyone who has made a lot of money thanks to his or her specialized degree?
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