Top majors for full-time jobs, earnings by education level
A look at top majors in terms of full-time jobs and highest earnings
When it comes to wages, engineering and technology disciplines showed the highest payoffs at every education level. Also, skilled trades such as industrial mechanics and maintenance technology, plumbing, building maintenance, and precision metal working fared well.
Top majors for undergraduate certificate programs with the highest employment rates for those graduating from skills studies ranging from a few months to more than two years:
• Heavy industry, equipment maintenance technologies, 71 percent employed full time, year-round, annual median earnings of $49,320.
• Heating, ventilation/air-conditioning maintenance technician, 47 percent employed full time, annual median earnings $32,597.
• Business administration, management and operations, 55 percent employed full time, annual median earnings, $35,150.
• Drafting/design engineering technicians, 51 percent employed full time, annual median earnings of $32,597.
• Plumbing and related water supply services, 45 percent employed full time, annual median earnings of $41,229.
• Precision metal working, full time 45 percent, annual median earnings of $33,487.
Top majors for associate’s degree majors included:
• Electromechanical instrumentation and maintenance programs train people in cutting edge technologies such as automation, robotics, and biomedical and 60 percent were employed full time with an annual median earnings of $44,196.
• Precision metal working had 57 percent employed full time with an annual median earnings of $40,669.
• Registered nurses, nursing administration and clinical nursing had a 33 percent full-time employment picture with an annual median earnings of $45,790.
Top majors for bachelor’s degrees included:
• Management information systems with 65 percent full-time employment and an annual median earnings of $50,416.
• Accounting and related services were 58 percent full time with earnings of $40,792.
• Registered nurse, nursing administration and clinical nursing with four-year degrees had a 31 percent full-time employment rate and $56,952 in annual median earnings.
• Business/commerce majors had an full-time employment rate of 59 percent and were pulling in annual median earnings of $57,227.
Or it may be time to think of going even further in academics as post-baccalaureate degrees and certificates in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and administration were bringing in the highest median wages by the second year after graduation at $101,741, followed by engineers who brought home $82,057.
“Since college is a more costly investment now than it used to be, it is important to choose a major with an eye toward career paths and labor market trends in Minnesota,” the new web tool with the Graduate Employment Outcomes found. “Focusing too much on picking a school and too little on career exploration prior to committing to a major can make it more challenging to find a job that utilizes your degree.”