The Best Paying College Majors of 2012

Computer Engineering

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Deciding your major once you enter a university is a tough decision. Some people have always known what they want to do, while others are still perplexed at how they want to spend the rest of their lives. According to a new survey of 318 executives at nonprofit organizations and private sector companies, employers look for more than someone who’s specially trained in a field when looking at recent college graduates for a position.

A survey released Wednesday by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, stated that 93 percent of employers thought that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.” 4 out of 5 employers said they wanted a graduate who had broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences. While money shouldn’t be the only objective when deciding on a major, here are the top 5 paying college majors of 2012:

1) Computer Engineering – An average salary of $70,400

2) Chemical Engineering – An average salary of $66,400

3) Computer Science – An average salary of $64,400

4) Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering Majors – An average salary of $64,000

5) Mechanical Engineering – An average salary of $62,900


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