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Episode 485: What's Your Major?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in September 2013.

Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what's shocking โ€” at least, it was shocking to us โ€” is just how big the gap can be.

The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000.

On today's show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.

For More:

* The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

* Why Women (Like Me) Choose Lower Paying Jobs

Update: For much more data on college majors and income, see this report (PDF) by Carnevale and his colleagues.

Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings's "Money" and Pink Floyd's "Money." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

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