Though earning a lot of money can never be the mark of a successful career, it can help inspire you to greater success, innovation and living conditions.
A UK bachelor’s degree can be considered an investment in your future, and the right Major can have a big impact on your future salary. A new study by Payscale.com has revealed the top-earning majors, and we are taking a closer look at them below.
Five highest paying Majors
Because of a lack of skilled workers in this specialised profession which focuses on the design and operation of merchant and navy ships, as well as oil rigs, salaries are continuing to rise.
- Early Career Pay: $73,900
- Mid-career pay: $123,200
Chemical Engineers research and develop raw materials into different products which impact on our lives in different ways. Once graduated, chemical engineers will design, develop, test and submit a wide range of products. All types of engineer are in demand, but the chemical is a unique area of work.
- Early Career Pay: $70,300
- Mid-career pay: $124,500
Nuclear Engineers used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation with help of research and developed processes, instruments and systems. Several factors affect their salary such as a widening skill gap, as well as a lack of people entering the field. A predicted upswing in the need for skills nuclear engineers is expected in the future.
- Early Career Pay: $69,000
- Mid-career pay: $127,500
Actuarial Science & Mathematics
Due to the shortage of qualified actuaries (those who measure the probability and risk of future events), they are constantly in demand in an ever-changing global landscape. Long term prospects are lucrative as actuaries analyze the financial costs and risk of events using math, statistics and finance theory.
- Early Career Pay: $56,400
- Mid-career Pay: $131,700
Oil & Gas specialists or Petroleum Engineers are among the best-paid professionals in the world. Booming demand from employers and sky-high salaries are pulling a large number of petroleum engineers into the industry as they benefit from the energy revolution sweeping the world in the last 10 years.
- Early Career Pay: $94,600
- Mid-career Pay: $175,500