Best and worst paying college degrees in 2010

According to CBS Money some of the 20 worst paying college degrees in 2010 involve careers in Family and Child studies, Elementary education, Social work, Culinary arts, Special education and Horticulture. For example folks who are social workers may start out earning $31,800 and by mid career their salaries can go up to $44,900.  Of course starting and mid salaries may differ depending on the area of the country you live in.

20 Worst-Paying College Degrees in 2010

College Degree  Starting pay Mid-career pay

1. Child and family studies $29,500 $38,400
2. Elementary education $31,600 $44,400
3. Social work $31,800 $44,900
4. Athletic training $32,800 $45,700
5. Culinary arts $35,900 $50,600
6. Horticulture $35,000 $50,800
7. Paralegal studies/law $35,100 $51,300
8. Theology $34,700 $51,300
9. Recreation & leisure $33,300 $53,200
10. Special education $36,000 $53,800

If you’re looking for a career that starts out paying well and continues paying well you need to major in areas that require strong math and science skills. The best paying college degrees include Petroleum engineering, Aerospace engineering, Chemical engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer engineering and Economics. Starting pay for Petroleum engineers is $93,000 and by mid career your salary can be $157,000.


Check out the Best Undergrad College Degrees by Salary at to see the best and worst undergrad degrees by salary.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Nia Forrester Books

Woman-Centered Fiction for Today's Woman of Color


500 words a day on whatever I want

Manda Writes Things

A blog about things that irritate me


Life, Pop, Politics and Opinions by Danielle Belton

Olivia A. Cole

Author. Blogger. Bigmouth.

Bag Lady Boutique

jewelry, adult costumes, dancewear, handbags, accessories is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

%d bloggers like this: