College Majors

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors

Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.

Michael Gardner just graduated from City College in New York with a degree in psychology. He applied for more than 100 jobs, had trouble getting interviews and worked at Home Depot to make ends meet.

“Every single day while I was at work, I’m thinking, ‘I just hope I really don’t get stuck.’ ” Gardner just got a job earning $36,000 a year as a case worker — and he feels lucky to have it.

What you major in has a bigger influence over your income than where you go to school, according to Anthony Carnevale, an economist at Georgetown University. The graph below is based on Carnevale’s research — and it shows the huge range in median earnings for people with different majors.

Income by major

Notes

Figures are median income for all full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees in each subject. Workers with graduate degrees are not included in the data.

Gardner was shocked when I told him people who majored in petroleum engineering have a median income of $120,000. But, he said, even if someone had shown him that graph when he was a freshman, it wouldn’t have changed his path.

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“I came into the school knowing where I want to go and what I wanted to do,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t mind the money. It’s more of a fulfilling thing for me.”

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Key Terms…
  • bachelor’s degree ↔ diploma de bacharel
  • Recruiters ↔ Caça-talentos
  • to woo ↔ para conquistar/impressionar
  • summer internship ↔ estágio de verão
  • turned into ↔ transformou em
  • full-time job ↔ emprego de período integral
  • makes ↔ ganha
  • graduated ↔ se formou
  • degree ↔ diploma, formação
  • interviews ↔ entrevistas
  • make ends meet ↔ fazer face às despesas
  • get stuck.’ ↔ ficar preso.
  • case worker ↔ assistente social (encarregado de acompanhar um caso específico)
  • feels lucky ↔ se sente com sorte
  • major in ↔ estudar (no que se formar)
  • income ↔ salário
  • the huge range ↔ a enorme gama
  • Figures ↔ Os dados, cáculos
  • median income ↔ rendimento médio
  • in each subject ↔ em cada disciplina
  • graduate degrees ↔ pós-graduação
  • even if ↔ ainda que
  • freshman ↔ calouro
  • Financial Aid ↔ Crédito educativo/ajuda ou auxílio financeiro
  • I don’t mind ↔ Eu não me importo
  • fulfilling ↔ gratificante, recompensado

 

bachelor’s degree diploma de bacharel
Greg graduou-se como bacharel em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade de Illinois. ↔Greg received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
turned into transformou em
O Verão de 1995 transformou-se num Verão de horrores. ↔The summer of 1995 turned into a summer of horror.
E hoje em dia isso parece ter se tornado uma maldição. ↔And nowadays this seems to have turned into a curse.
O objectivo é evitar que os nossos mares sejam transformados em lixeiras. ↔The objective is to avoid that our seas are turned into a dumping ground.
graduated se formou
It was five years ago that I graduated from college. ↔Foi a cinco anos atrás que eu me formei na faculdade.
He became a cameraman after he graduated from college. ↔Ele se tornou câmera depois de se formar na universidade.
degree diploma, formação
He has a degree in English from the University of Virginia. ↔Ele tem diploma em inglês pela Universidade da Virgínia.
make ends meet fazer face às despesas
To have enough money to cover expenses; to get by financially; to get through the pay period (sufficient to meet the next payday).
To make ends meet, she runs a day-care center out of her home.
get stuck.’ ficar preso.
ficar preso em ↔get stuck in
O papel deformado pode ficar preso na impressora e encravar. ↔Deformed paper can get stuck in the printer and cause a paper jam.
Estudar me motiva a fazer um esforço para não ficar parada na vida. ↔Studying motivates me to make an effort not to get stuck in life.
major in estudar (no que se formar)
I am majoring in medicine. ↔Estou me formando em medicina.
I major in economics. ↔Sou especializado em Ciências Econômicas.
She majors in organic chemistry. ↔Ela está se formando em química orgânica.
income salário
Our income is small, but we get by. ↔Nosso salário é baixo, mas estamos indo.
I’m satisfied with my current income. ↔Estou satisfeito com o meu salário atual.
It is hard to get along on this small income. ↔É difícil conviver com esta pequena renda.
Figures Os dados, cáculos
Let’s review those figures and try to balance the budget. ↔Vamos rever esses cálculos e tentar equilibrar o orçamento.
graduate degrees pós-graduação
Uma proporção significativa desses estudantes já completou o nível superior. ↔A significant proportion of these students have already completed graduate degrees.
Contamos, também, com profissionais pós-graduados em Letras, Linguística e Tradução. ↔We also rely on professionals with Graduate degrees in the Humanities, Linguistics and Translation.
even if ainda que
Even if you are busy, you should keep your promise. ↔Mesmo se estiver ocupado, deveria manter sua promessa.
Even if you don’t like music, you’ll enjoy his concert. ↔Mesmo se você não gosta de música, você vai gostar do concerto dele.
freshman calouro
My daughter’s a freshman at UCLA.
Financial Aid Crédito educativo/ajuda ou auxílio financeiro
Muitos são gratuítos ou de baixo custo e oferecem ajuda financeira. ↔Many are free or low-cost and offer financial aid.
Os alunos recebem uma ajuda de custo para transporte e alimentação. ↔Students get financial aid for transportation and meals.
I don’t mind Eu não me importo
I don’t mind if you smoke. ↔Eu não ligo que você fume.
I don’t mind hot weather. ↔O clima quente não me afeta.
I don’t mind your staying here. ↔Não me incomoda que você fique.
fulfilling gratificante, recompensado
My time in college was a happy and fulfilling period in my life.
The work has been very fulfilling.

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