The 50 Highest-Paying College Majors for 2019

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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]

This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

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Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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7 Online Tech Course Programs That Will Help You Build New Career Skills

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It's always a good time to build new career skills, and with these tech-related courses, you can learn anything from the basics of Python to the ins and outs of G Suite. These courses will boost your knowledge of the digital world and help you put some valuable new bullet points on your resume. Many of these courses allow you to read through the materials for free, but if you want to take advantage of graded coursework and earn a certificate of completion to include on your LinkedIn profile or resume at the end, there will be a fee of anywhere from $39 to $49.

1. UI/UX Design Specialization

In this four-class specialization on UI/UX design, you’ll discover how to design digital experiences that users can navigate with ease. Over about four months, you’ll learn the basics of visual communication and you’ll be able to practice gathering user feedback to build intuitive, attractive websites and interfaces.

Sign up on Coursera to take all four courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

2. Python for Everybody

Python is quickly gaining ground as one of the most in-demand programming languages for employers. Plus, its fans say it’s highly readable and approachable for new programmers just starting to learn a coding language. If you want to understand the basics of Python, from 101 principles to more advanced database design, these courses will get you started.

Sign up on Coursera to take all five courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

3. Data Science Professional Certificate

Data science is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this nine-course professional certificate program, you’ll start by learning basic data science methodology before moving into how to use Python and SQL to analyze and visualize data to forecast future trends. IBM estimates that you’ll complete the entire certificate in about 10 months if you commit four hours per week, but the timing is flexible enough to suit any schedule.

Sign up on Coursera to take all nine courses in this specialization for $39 a month.

4. Computer Architecture

This course, taught by an electrical engineering professor at Princeton, teaches students how to design computer hardware that supports powerful software. But be forewarned: This is an advanced class intended for students with extensive knowledge in computer science. If you’re looking for a beginner-level course, this class—also from Princeton—may be a better fit.

Sign up on Coursera for free.

5. AI for Everyone

If you’re worried that artificial intelligence will drive you out of the workforce, this course will help. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll learn the basics of what is and isn’t possible through AI—and you may even gain some ideas for how to use AI to augment your own career.

Sign up on Coursera for $49.

6. G Suite Administration Specialization

Become a Google Cloud expert with this series of courses put together by Google itself. Over about two months, you’ll learn management tactics and security guidelines for using Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Calendar. This specialization prepares participants to become G Suite administrators at their respective companies and organizations.

Sign up on Coursera to take all five courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

7. Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is near the top of the list of skills employers are looking for, according to LinkedIn. In this introductory course, you’ll gain a basic understanding of cloud-based networks and get some practice working with IBM Cloud.

Sign up on Coursera for $49.

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