The “Most Meaningful” and “Best-paying” college degrees


… we thought it only fair to discuss the tradeoff between doing something we love and something that pays the bills. As The Washington Post reports, careers in healthcare and engineering ranked high in both meaningfulness and average pay. At the other end of the spectrum, people who had majored in art and design or humanities fields reported low pay, little sense of purpose, and they were relatively unlikely to say that they’d recommend their major to others.

Since this blog is sometimes about economics, here is a colorful graph:

Most Meaningful jobs

And here are the lists of meaningful majors and highest paying majors:

Most Meaningful 2Note the overlap between the most-meaningful majors and the lowest-paying majors.  Choose wisely, kids…

You may also note that economics appears to be neither meaningful nor high paying…


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