Fourteen Worst Paying College Majors

A lot of times we are unabashedly asked to tell complete strangers what we make and at that time, many of us ruefully admit that we picked the wrong major. These subjects aren’t bad. It is in our head that they make terrific minors and even more horrible majors.

A common observation however has been that humanities or art relates subjects provide low paying jobs. It is statistically proven but isn’t necessary if you are persistent and focused. What is alarming or lets say ironical is that jobs that center around education and management of society are unpaid, overwhelmingly underpaid.

This list consists a number of jobs such as counselor, primary school teachers, special educators and family studies graduates. These are professionals who are needed for sustaining and improving the basic quality of life. There have been reports of massive undercuts in these fields, both governmental and private.

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Psychology and sociology rank a bit higher on the list probably owing to the availability of research and better job opportunities, tenured positions and lobbyists.

Out of these, probably the most promising would be culinary arts and management because it offers the opportunity for entrepreneurial ventures which puts you at par with the top earning jobs in the market.

Here is a list of 14 worst paying College Majors.

  1. Early Childhood Education

Starting Salary: $30,300

Mid-Career Salary: $38,000

 

  1. Child & Family Studies

Starting Salary: $30,900

Mid-Career Salary: $39,600

  1. Child Development

Starting Salary: $31,500

Mid-Career Salary: $39,600

  1. Counseling

Starting Salary: $32,300

Mid-Career Salary: $40,900

  1. Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Starting Salary: $32,900

Mid-Career Salary: $42,300

  1. Social Work

Starting Salary: $33,200

Mid-Career Salary: $45,700

  1. Culinary Arts & Culinary Management

Starting Salary: $33,600

Mid-Career Salary: $56,000

  1. Bible Studies & Theology

Starting Salary: $33,800

Mid-Career Salary: $50,400

  1. Human Services

Starting Salary: $34,100

Mid-Career Salary: $43,400

  1. Elementary Education

Starting Salary: $34,300

Mid-Career Salary: $45,500

  1. Human Development & Family Studies

Starting Salary: $34,700

Mid-Career Salary: $48,500

  1. Broadcast Communication

Starting Salary: $34,800

Mid-Career Salary: $66,200

  1. Exercise & Sports Science

Salary: $35,000

Mid-Career Salary: $56,400

  1. Psychology & Sociology

Starting Salary: $35,100

Mid-Career Salary: $54,600

 

Yes, you can defeat the statistical odds, but you should at least know the prospects before you decide to major in these fields.

 

*Sources : Business Insider, Pay Scale, Forbes, ThinkAdvisor and Time Online.

 

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