Top College Majors in 2020

Whether you’re in the market for a sky-high salary, future job security, or a passion, these college majors are rife with opportunity.

Three engineering majors made PayScale’s list of the top 10 highest-paying jobs. Petroleum engineering majors can anticipate making $94,500 annually early in their career, while electrical engineers can earn about $88,000 and electrical power engineers can make $72,400 in their lowest-earning years.


The ability to cultivate and analyze data is in such demand that data scientists are the number three job, according to Glassdoor. A statistics degree can give you the training you need.


There are a wealth of high-paying jobs you can perform with a math degree, such as accounting, finance, and computer science.

Jobs for nurses are expected to grow 12 percent by 2028. With baby boomers aging and needing health-care services, health-related majors in general should find plenty of work.

CareerCast looked at potential salaries and hiring outlooks and determined that recently graduated accountants have an unemployment rate of just 2.2 percent, suggesting that opportunities abound.

Computer and Information Systems

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors continue to shine. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the percentage of computer jobs to grow 12 percent by 2028.

Human Resources
Management Every industry needs HR professionals, so it’s no surprise that the industry is growing faster than average, with 7 percent growth expected by 2028.

A 2019 study by analytics software company Burning Glass Technologies found that cybersecurity positions account for 13 percent of information technology jobs yet take 20 percent longer to fill than other tech vacancies because there is such a need for talent.

Companies always need employees with a business degree, which may be why the Princeton Review,, and U.S. News & World Report all place a high premium on it.

Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration 
A median salary of $100,000 and a low unemployment rate of 2.2 percent led to rate this as one of the most valuable college majors you can have.

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