The value of a major

This Planet Money story summarizes findings from an amazingly comprehensive Georgetown study on college majors and earnings.  Here’s the summary chart:

Income by major

Of course, that’s only 20 majors and I really wanted to know how Political Science fares.  I followed the link to the full report (which is not searchable) and found Political Science the hard way.  Here it is:



Not too shabby.  Presumably somewhere modestly above the middle.  And we sure show those Sociology majors!  For those of you contemplating a major– time for Petroleum Engineering.  We actually had a very good department in that back at Texas Tech.  I remember having a student who had come over from Qatar to study the subject at Texas Tech (and obviously learned some American government while he was at it).  

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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