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15 Most Valuable College Majors

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The College Majors That Are Worth It

According to PayScale’s massive compensation database and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 15 college majors are the most valuable in terms of salary and career prospects. They are ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years experience), percentage growth in pay and projected growth of job opportunities.

With rising tuition costs and a rapidly changing job landscape, a student’s college major is more important than ever. It can either set you up for lifetime career success and high earnings or sink you into debt with few avenues to get ahead of it.

“Unless you go to a top-20 brand name school, what matters most to employers is your major,” says Katie Bardaro, lead economist at compensation research firm PayScale. In fact, in a new report by Gen-Y researcher Millennial Branding, a full 69% of managers agreed that relevant coursework is important when considering job candidates.

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So which college majors are most likely to land you a well-paying job right out of school? Analysts at PayScale compared its massive compensation database with 120 college majors and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the 15 most valuable majors in the current marketplace. Ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years in), growth in salary and wealth of job opportunities, engineering and math reigned supreme.

At No. 1, biomedical engineering is the major that is most worth your tuition, time and effort. Biomedical engineers earn a median starting salary of $53,800, which grows an average of 82% to $97,800 by mid-career. Moreover, the BLS projects a whopping 61.7% growth of job opportunities in the field—the most of any other major on the list.

Engineering concentrations comprise one third of the most valuable majors. Software engineering majors (No. 4) earn a median of $87,800 after 10 years on the job; environmental engineering majors (No. 5) earn a median of $88,600; civil engineering majors (No. 6) earn a median of $90,200; and petroleum engineering majors (No. 9) earn a median of $155,000—the highest paycheck on the list.

“These aren’t majors that anyone could do. They’re hard, and these programs weed people out,” says Bardaro. “However, there is high demand for them and a low supply of people with the skills, so it drives up the labor market price.”

In the Millennial Branding survey, employers reported engineering and computer information systems majors as their top recruits. Also, nearly half of these employers (47%) said the competition for new science, technology, engineering and math talent is steep. That means while other recent grads fight for jobs, these students will likely field multiple offers.

Math and science concentrations are also well-represented on this list. Biochemistry (No. 2), computer science (No. 3), applied mathematics (No. 10), mathematics (No. 11), physics (No. 14) and statistics (No. 15) majors are increasingly in demand and well-paid.

Bardaro believes that the new data-driven market makes math skills, particularly statistics, more and more valuable to employers. Many companies now collect large datasets on consumer behavior, be it online search patterns or user demographics. Statisticians who understand data and can use it to forecast trends and behavior will do especially well, she says.

Conversely, the worst-paying college majors are child and family studies, elementary education, social work, culinary arts, special education, recreation and leisure studies, religious studies, and athletic training.

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SWE Career Fair – Tuesday (Jan 29)!

Dear engineering, science and technology students,

The University of Washington’s Society of Women Engineers invites you to attend the

31st Annual Evening with Industry Career Fair.

Where: University of Washington’s Husky Union Building (HUB)
When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Career Fair opens to SWE members only
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM Career Fair opens to EVERYBODY (all UW students, regardless of gender or SWE membership)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Awards Banquet with corporate representatives

EWI is open to all UW students majoring or interested in engineering, science and technology. It is a unique event for both students and employers. It consists of two components: a career fair during the day and an awards banquet in the evening. The career fair is open to all students looking for internships, co-ops, and full time employment in the fields of engineering, science, or technology.

Throughout the career fair, company representatives may invite students to attend the evening banquet*. The catered banquet provides a more relaxed setting for company representatives and students to interact and to also recognize outstanding female scholars from each of UW’s engineering departments.

*Students must be invited by a company representative and receive a ticket during the career fair to attend the banquet portion. All students are eligible to be invited.

See the following attachments:

· Official flyer for the 31st Annual Evening With Industry Event

· List of participating companies

–> VISIT [ ] for additional information and a list of participating companies.
Hover over “Evening With Industry” and then “Student Information” on the bar under the banner.

–> SUBMIT YOUR RESUMES to the "2013 Evening With Industry Resume Book" on the huskyjobs website:

Feel free to contact us at uw.ewi2013 if you have any questions.


Evening With Industry Directors

Society of Women Engineers

University of Washington


Please Fwd: Statement of Purpose Workshop this Wednesday!

Are you stressing out about your graduate school application? Are you facing difficulty communicating the bulk of your undergraduate experiences in an eloquent and concise way? Are you uneasy about the stylistic conventions of the statement of purpose? The CLUE Writing Center is here to help!

The CLUE Writing Center will be conducting a statement of purpose workshop that targets graduate school applications this Wednesday, 1/30 at 7:00PM in Mary Gates Hall 288!

In this helpful presentation, we’ll review all necessary information regarding the statement of purpose, including structure, relevant content, and appropriate tone. The statement of purpose is a slippery genre to which most undergraduate students have not been exposed, so come to the workshop to get all of the help you need! CLUE Writing Center tutors will be on-hand to assist participants with any specific questions, so please feel free to bring any materials that correlate to your own application.

All pertinent details are listed below. We hope to see you there!

WHAT: Statement of Purpose Workshop

DATE: Wednesday, January 30th



Clue WC Winter 2013 Workshop Schedule.pdf