Who says it doesn’t grow on trees?

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again, studying math pays off!

According to the researchers at payscale.com, if you look at the starting and mid-career salary for various undergraduate majors, then the top 20 are:

College Degree               Starting Median Pay   Mid-career pay

  1. Petroleum engineering       $93,000                  $157,000
  2. Aerospace engineering       $59,400                 $108,000
  3. Chemical engineering         $64,800                 $108,000
  4. Electrical engineering          $60,800                 $104,000
  5. Nuclear engineering            $63,900                 $104,000
  6. Applied mathematics           $56,400                $101,000
  7. Biomedical engineering       $54,800                 $101,000
  8. Physics                                $50,700                 $99,600
  9. Computer engineering         $61,200                 $87,700
  10. Economics                           $48,800                 $97,800
  11. Computer science                $56,200                 $97,700
  12. Civil engineering                   $53,500                $93,400
  13. Statistics                               $50,000                $93,400
  14. Finance                                 $47,500                 $91,500
  15. Software engineering            $56,700                 $91,300
  16. Management info. systems    $50,900                 $90,300
  17. Mathematics                          $46,400                 $88,300
  18. Government                          $41,500                  $88,300
  19. Information systems             $49,300                  $87,100
  20. Construction Management    $50,400                  $87,000

Note that 1-17 all are majors which require a good math background (I’ll leave it to you to decide if the government has good math skills 🙂 ).  For you folks at OU, you’re especially lucky since, in addition to our delightful math department, we have top notch engineering programs.  And, no surprise, our petroleum engineering program consistently ranks in the top 5 in the country.

A double major in math and engineering would be a killer combination!

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