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Posted: 1:11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Best and worst college majors and jobs

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By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


Technology moves at such a quick pace that many jobs we know today could be extinct tomorrow.

Salary.com recently ran a list of 12 jobs on the brink of extinction. Among the professions listed were librarian, professional typist, video store clerk, travel agents, newspaper deliverer, switchboard operator, and more.

The takeaway for you is don't put blinders on. You've got to gain continual education and re-education to make yourself marketable for today's jobs and tomorrow's jobs.

I like to cite a Canadian study that found 70% of jobs that will exist two decades from now don't exist today. Think about that in your own life. Twenty years ago, if you talked about being a web master, or about e-commerce or the Internet, people would have no idea what you were talking about.

The reality is, if you're not getting ahead, you're falling behind.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for the highest-paid college majors, here's the latest list (these are starting salaries) according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

  • Petroleum Engineering: $93,500
  • Computer Engineering: $71,700
  • Chemical Engineering: $67,600
  • Computer Science: $64,800
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering: $64,400
  • Mechanical Engineering: $64,000
  • Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering: $63,400
  • Management Information Systems/Business: $63,100
  • Engineering Technology: $62,200
  • Finance: $57,400
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