Majors worth a second look

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For graduating students, the uncertainty in the job market can be stressful. Recent data reveals interesting information about majors.

Students seem to fear they will find no work or not be able to use their degree and drown in student loan payments. By picking a major with a high hiring ratio, students should have a better chance of surviving the economic climate.

PayScale.com reported the top grossing job for 2011 graduates is Petroleum Engineering, in which the starting median wage is $97,900 and mid-career wage is 155,000. This discipline centers on activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, such as crude oil and natural gas.

In an article entitled, “Top paying jobs for class of 2011,” CNN.com reported the following fields are most lucrative for graduates:

Chemical engineering jobs pay an estimate of $66,886, computer science jobs pay approximately $63,017 and mechanical engineering jobs pay around $60,739.

Science is where the money is, but if money is not a deciding factor in a career, the top three hiring fields are nursing, mathematics and economics.

Some students are already keen on this information.

“I chose accounting because it is very structured, and I like that. You don’t color outside the lines in accounting. I like the problem solving and that amazing feeling you get after laboring for hours on a problem and you finally get it right,” Rachel Jack, senior, said.

Those who choose a career as a public relation specialist are expected to see employment growth. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. ”Opportunities should be best for college graduates who combine a degree in public relations, journalism or another communications-related field with a public relations internship or other related work experience.”

Students who are unsure of their employment prospects outside of school, should visit Career Services about internship opportunities within their respective majors and Enrollment Advising on classes and majors or minors that will fit their career goals.

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