The 50 Highest-Paying College Majors for 2019


College students have a lot on their plate when deciding what career path to take. Plus, with recent graduates shouldering an average student loan debt of $29,800 each, the pressure to find high-paying jobs is high. According to CNN Money, the average salary for the class of 2018 in the United States was just barely over $50,000. However, this is just a broad estimate for all majors. Career site Zippia created a list of the 50 highest paying majors for 2019, as well as an average of how much graduates with each of these degrees can hope to make annually.

Zippia used microdata samples from the American Community Survey to find average annual incomes by major, and narrowed their research to employees aged 29 to 31 who had been working for a full year. This allowed the grads a couple of years to settle into their field and not have to report entry-level salaries. With that, they were able to come up with a list of the highest-paid versus the lowest-paid majors.

The majority of highest paying majors have one thing in common: science. It is no surprise that out of the top 10 of the majors, seven of them are science-based, including petroleum engineering ($169,680), engineering mechanics ($90,085), and geoscience ($89,799). However, just because many science majors bring in higher paychecks, that does not mean all of them will: among the lowest paying majors, Zippia found the average salary for educational psychology, library science, and social psychology majors hovers around $30,000.

Below is the complete list of the top 50 highest paying college majors of 2019:

  1. Petroleum Engineering // $169,680
  2. Applied Mathematics // $95,351
  3. Engineering Mechanics // $90,085
  4. Geosciences // $89,799
  5. Actuarial Science // $84,104
  6. Mining Engineering // $83,754
  7. Economics // $82,560
  8. Business Economics // $80,048
  9. Chemical Engineering // $79,086
  10. Materials Science // $78,883
  11. Aerospace Engineering // $78,544
  12. Computer Engineering // $78,114
  13. Computer Science // $77,699
  14. Industrial Engineering // $77,684
  15. Biological Engineering // $77,331
  16. Finance // $77,251
  17. Electrical Engineering // $77,219
  18. Public Policy // $76,207
  19. Mechanical Engineering // $76,019
  20. Engineering Management // $73,780
  21. Nuclear Engineering // $73,157
  22. Engineering // $72,996
  23. Biomedical Engineering // $71,902
  24. Mathematics // $71,024
  25. Information Sciences // $71,004
  26. General Engineering // $70,301
  27. Electrical Engineering // $70,115
  28. Engineering Technology // $69,606
  29. Management Info // $68,957
  30. Construction Services // $67,989
  31. Food Science // $67,888
  32. Molecular Biology // $67,757
  33. Statistics Science // $67,757
  34. Pharmacology // $67,307
  35. Civil Engineering // $67,161
  36. Miscellaneous Business Administration // $66,390
  37. Environmental Engineering // $65,893
  38. Materials Engineering // $65,717
  39. Agricultural Engineering // $65,490
  40. Transportation Sciences // $65,050
  41. International Business // $64,792
  42. Architectural Engineering // $64,358
  43. Operations Logistics // $63,015
  44. Mechanical Engineering // $62,957
  45. Political Science // $62,631
  46. Computer Systems // $62,486
  47. Marketing Research // $62,413
  48. Accounting // $62,272
  49. Physics // $62,192
  50. Engineering Tech // $61,819

[h/t Zippia]

Mental Floss's Three-Day Sale Includes Deals on Apple AirPods, Sony Wireless Headphones, and More


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Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Breath? There Are a Few Theories

Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
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The fact that we rarely catch a whiff of our own breath seems fishy. For one, our noses are only a philtrum’s length away from our mouths. We also don’t have any trouble inhaling other people’s stale carbon dioxide, even with a solid few feet between us.

Though we don’t yet have a decisive scientific explanation for this olfactory phenomenon, there’s no shortage of promising theories. According to BreathMD, it could be that we became so accustomed to smelling our own breath that we simply don’t notice its odor anymore—similar to the way we can’t detect our own "house smell." This kind of habituation doesn’t just inure us to unpleasant aromas, it also leaves our noses free to focus on unfamiliar odors in our environment that could alert us to danger.

As HowStuffWorks reports, another hypothesis suggests that we’re more conscious of other people’s halitosis because breath released when speaking is different than breath released when exhaling regularly. All the tongue movement that happens when someone talks could push odors from the back of their mouth out into the air.

But if that’s true, it seems like you’d be able to smell your own breath—at least when you’re the one doing the talking. Which brings us to the next and final theory: That your bad breath dissipates before you get a chance to inhale it. When someone else exhales, you’re inhaling their air almost simultaneously. When you exhale, on the other hand, you have to wait until you’ve reached the very end of your expiration before breathing back in again. By that time, the malodorous particles may have already dispersed.

Even if you’re blissfully unaware of how your own breath smells, it could be a little nose-wrinkling for others—here are some tips for getting rid of halitosis.