Should you choose a college major based on the highest salaries?

The best college degree is the one that combines your interests and skills. Hopefully, that coincides with market demand and higher earning potential.

When you are declaring your college major, don’t rely on assumptions about careers perceived as high-earning; do the research to find out what the job potential truly is, in terms of hiring rates, starting salary and average mid-career earnings. There are assessment tools out there that can help you focus your search and guide you towards a successful career.

Here’s an article I recommend reading from Yahoo! Finance called “The College Degrees You Should Have Gotten.” It looks at starting salaries as well as mid-career incomes, and it’s filled with data that may surprise you. For instance, did you know that while government majors start out with a lower salary than most other majors, by mid-career they’re pulling in more than degrees in computer information systems, geology, chemistry and accounting.

Salaries are important factors for you to consider when choosing a major that leads to a career, but they are not the only factors. Earning a big paycheck may seem incredibly attractive while you’re still a college student, but hating every second of your job may not be the way you want to spend the rest of your life.

There is a “right” career out there for everyone. To find your right career, it can sometimes be helpful to gain greater insight to your own personality type. The Myers-Briggs Assessment tool is a wonderful way to discover your personality type. This information can be invaluable as you pursue your career path. Head 4 Success College and Career Solutions offers this assessment tool, along with personal one-on-one counseling and career guidance, to help you discover your type and guide you towards your goals, including choosing a college major and your future career.

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