THE Class of 2011 from colleges in West Virginia graduated with an average student loan debt of just over $26,000. That is the cost of a mid-sized new car, and whether it is a good investment depends on what fields students choose.
PayScale.com determined the starting salaries for graduates in 130 degree programs.
Topping the list was petroleum engineering, where starting salaries average $98,000 a year.
That's followed by aerospace engineering, actuarial mathematics, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, and in 11th place, physics at a mere $51,200 a year in starting salaries.
At the bottom of the earnings list was child and family studies at $29,300 a year, followed by social work, elementary education, human development, special education, culinary arts, athletic training, sports medicine and theology.
The first Talking Barbie doll caused a controversy for saying, "Math class is tough."
They may be at first, but they pay well, as the PayScale.com survey shows. Today's students should bear that in mind when they invest in higher education.
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