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7 College Degrees That Pay Surprisingly Well

If you’re looking to land a steady job that pays well, it may be time to hit the books. Whether you’re entering college right after high school or as a non-traditional student, it’s important to know what your goals are. If you’re still considering your career options, and are primarily interested in following the money, we’d like to offer our top seven degrees for your consideration. You may be surprised at how well you can be paid for your writing or math skills.


Communications or journalism majors today typically make their money writing content for large firms, either in print or for the web. While some still work for both small and large newspapers, those jobs are often difficult to land with an unfortunately small salary. If you’re interested in writing for a living, you might consider turning your attention to commercial writing such as product descriptions, web content and catalog copy. Land a job with the right firm and the position can be lucrative: $59,000 to $80,000 a year, depending on who you work for.

If you’ve always wanted to be a writer, now might be the time to brush off that keyboard.


Those with a marketing degree can make an average of $68,000 per year advising corporations on their marketing strategy, building brands on the internet or working for public relations (PR) firms. Whether you’re working in sales or online reputation management, there’s always something interesting to do in the marketing field.

Political Science

Political Scientists earn an average of $69,000 per year. The earnings potential increases by 25 percent for those who obtain a graduate degree. Degree holders are likely to find themselves advising politicians, working as campaign managers or assisting large companies with their lobbying efforts.

Supply Chain Management

Whether you’re working in construction or retail, it takes a lot of effort to get things to the correct places at the right time. If you’re skilled in this area, a degree in Supply Chain Management might help you earn between $50,000 and $80,000 per year.


English majors can earn from $44,000 – $80,000 per year, depending on how they want to use their degree. Professors and journalists make slightly less, while commercial and technical writers earn on the higher end of the spectrum.

Financial Management

Financial managers earn an average of $63,000 per year, with the chance to earn more depending on location and qualifications. Whether you’re working with a financial institution or managing the finances for a larger corporation, crunching numbers is a great way to earn a living.

Are you good with money? It might just land you your dream job.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers can earn an average of $70,000 designing and building roads, bridges, schools and more. The term “civil engineering” was originally coined to distinguish this type of engineering from that done by the military. The term now encompasses everything from geophysics to water resources, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

We were certainly surprised at what some careers pay as we did our research. Turns out that the English degree you’re working towards doesn’t mean you’ll be a starving artist, after all, and you can get paid quite well to manage a political campaign or to advise professionals how to spend their money.