By: Nicole Nelson
These days, with rising costs of secondary education, it is important to make sure that the degree you are paying for is worth what you are actually paying for. CNN money has made a list of the fifteen top earning degrees. Not so surprisingly, different types of engineering degrees take twelve of these fifteen spots with Petroleum, Chemical and Mining Engineering topping the list. The other three include computer science, actuarial science and construction management. These top fifteen’s average starting offers range from $54,200-$83,121. One thing that all of these degrees have in common though are the fact that they are based primarily on math skills. A director of research at NACE said “Math is at the crux of who gets paid, if you have those skills, you are an extremely valuable asset.” The reason some of these top the list is because their industries resources are becoming more and more scarce. Although engineering takes most of this list, it isn’t to say recent graduates haven’t felt the pinch of fewer job offers. But, since there are fewer and fewer people graduating with math-based majors compared to those graduating with liberal-arts majors, the math majors are being paid at such large premiums. So, if you are somewhat good at math and are looking to declare a major, engineering may be the way to go.