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:

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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).  

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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