Major Decisions: Choose Wisely

Major Decisions: Choose Wisely
Major Decisions

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Major Decisions: Choose Wisely

Students today frequently choose majors based on what they’re interested in rather than what benefits them; however, your choice in education attainment, major, and occupation could affect your bank account by millions of dollars over the span of your working life.

Degrees & Dollars

Work-Life Earnings by Educational Level ($ millions)

– None to 8th grade
– –936,000
– 9th to 12th grade
– –1,099,000
– High school graduate
– –1,371,000
– Some college
– –1,632,000
– Associate’s degree
– –1,813,000
– Bachelor’s degree
– –2,422,000
– Master’s degree
– –2,834,000
– Professional degree
– –4,159,000
– Doctorate degree
– –3,525,000

Majors & Money

Work-Life Earnings by Major – for those with Bachelor’s degrees ($ millions)

– Engineering 3.5
– Computers & Math 3.1
– Science & engineering-related 2.6
– Business 2.6
– Physical Science 2.6
– Social Science 2.5
– Communications 2.3
– Biological Sciences 2.3
– Literature 2.1
– Liberal Arts 2.1
– Psychology 2.0
– Arts 2.0
– Education 1.8

Work & Wages

Work-Life Earnings by Occupation – for those with Bachelor’s degrees ($ millions)

– Architecture and engineering 3.4
– Computer and math 3.2
– Management 3.2
– Business and financial 2.7
– Healthcare practitioners & technicians 2.6
– Sales and related 2.5
– Science 2.5
– Arts and media 2.3
– Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 2.0
– Production, transportation, and material moving 1.9
– Education 1.8
– Community service and legal 1.8
– Office support 1.7
– Service 1.7

Top paying jobs by major

Engineering Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 Petroleum Engineering / Petroleum Engineer $172,000
– 2 Mechanical Engineering (ME) / Engineering Manager $105,000
– 3 Computer Engineering (CE) / Senior Software Engineer $99,200
– 4 Nuclear Engineering / Nuclear Engineer $98,400
– 5 Electrical Engineering (EE) / Senior Electrical Engineer $95,900

The Nation’s top Engineering Schools

– 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– 2 Stanford University
– 3 University of California, Berkeley,
– 4 California Institute of Technology
– 5 Carnegie Mellon University

Computer Science and Math Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 Mathematics / Actuary $136,000
– 2 Computer Science / Software Architect $117,000
– 3 Computer Science / Information Technology Consultant $94,500
– 4 Computer Science / Project Manager, Information Technology $93,900
– 5 Computer Science / Database Administrator $85,800

Top schools for Computer Science and Math majors

– 1 Carnegie Mellon
– 2 M.I.T.
– 3 Stanford
– 4 University of California, Berkeley
– 5 Cornell

Physical and Biological Science Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 Geophysics / Geophysicist $123,000
– 2 Geology / Petroleum Geologist $117,000
– 3 Biology / Clinical Research Associate (CRA) $91,700
– 4 Geology / Sr. Geologist $82,000
– 5 Chemistry / Research Scientist $77,300

Top Schools for Biological Science Studies

– 1 Harvard
– 2 M.I.T.
– 3 Stanford
– 4 University of California, Berkeley
– 5 Yale

Art and Design Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 Graphic Design / Creative Director $87,400
– 2 Fashion Design / Fashion Designer $74,300
– 3 Graphic Design / Marketing Manager $73,000
– 4 Graphic Design / Sr. Art Director $72,500
– 5 Interior Design / Senior Interior Designer $64,000

Top Schools for Art and Design majors

– 1 Rhode Island School of Design
– 2 Yale
– 3 Maryland Institute College of Art
– 4 Carnegie Mellon
– 5 Virginia Commonwealth University

Humanities Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 History / Intelligence Analyst $86,100
– 2 English / Technical Writer $67,400
– 3 Liberal Arts / Insurance Claims Adjuster $58,100
– 4 Foreign Languages / Employment Recruiter $56,100
– 5 Philosophy / Paralegal-Legal Assistant $51,600

Top Schools in the Humanities

– 1 University of California, Berkeley
– 2 Harvard
– 3 Stanford
– 4 Columbia
– 5 Princeton

Business Majors

– Rank Major/Occupation Experienced Median Pay
– 1 Accounting / Financial Controller $82,000
– 2 Construction Management / Project Manager, Construction $

Major Decisions

Sources

– http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/acsbr11-04.pdf
– https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/common-jobs-for-majors
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/eng-rankings
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/biological-sciences-rankings
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/english-rankings
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-fine-arts-schools/graphic-design-rankings
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings
– http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
– http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/11-hot-college-majors

A Geek’s College Party Guide

A Geek’s College Party Guide
Geek's Guide to Partying

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A Geek’s College Party Guide

Sure, beer pong and pool parties are great, but Greeks have nothing on geeks. Here’s to building up your tolerance 3 ways only geeks can.

CLASSIC VIDEO GAME NIGHT, COLLEGE-STYLE

Essentials

– Bomberman Ultra or a comparable multiplayer Ultraman
– Any supported game console
– Mario Party
– N64

How to Play
Bomberman

– SETTINGS:
– Power ups set to advanced
– Power downs set to off
– RULES:
– If you die, take a drink of beer
– If you kill yourself, take a shot of sake
– If you get killed by the dangerous bomb, Sake Bomb!
– AND if you get killed by a landmine, take a sake shot, loser
– LOSER PUNISHMENT:
– Last place at the end of a full game has to take a Sake Bomb!

Mario Party

– Any player that earns a “star” on a randomly placed “star space” on the game board has to make the other players chug a beer

Glassware

– 4 Beer Glasses
– 4 Shot Glasses

Drinks

– 1 bottle of sake
– Beer
– Japanese beer for Bomberman… because sake with Keystone is questionable, but Keystone + Mario Party = greatness
– Sake Bomber
– Glass half full of beer
– Drop shot glass of sake into beer
– For the Princesses:
– Fresh Peach Donkeys; call it “The Princess Peach”
– Attire *Optional* Dress as your favorite 8-bit character

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD PARTY

Essentials

– Scott Pilgrim Blu-ray
– 65 inch or greater flat screen with touch pad remote, High Speed HDMI Cable, and surround sound
– What do you mean, “why?” Why NOT?

How to Play

– Each drink is consumed after an ex is defeated.

Glassware

– 4 Shot Glasses
– 2 Drinking Glasses
– 1 Double Shot Glass

Drinks

Matthew Patel – The Fireball

– Spiced rum
– Top with Bacardi 151
– CAUTION: This shot is flammable and is extremely hard to extinguish. DO NOT IGNITE UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE of what you are doing.

Lucas Lee – The Grind

– Shot of Jagermeister
– Cup of Red Bull
– When Lucas Lee gets on the rail, drop the shot glass into the Red Bull, and chug. If you don’t finish it by the time he’s KO’d, start over.

Todd Ingram – Fair Trade Blend with Soy Milk

– 1 shot of Vodka
– 1 shot of Bailey’s
– 1 shot of Kahlua
– Mix in Silk Soy Milk. (Chocolate if you want it to look like Coffee)

Roxy Richter – The Sexy Phase

– 1/2 shot of Buttershots
– 1/2 shot of Bailey’s

Ken and Kyle Katayanagi – The Twin Dragons

– 1 shot Momokawa Diamond
– 1 shot Momokawa Pearl
– Layer the 2 in a double shot glass.

Gideon Gordon Graves – GGG Bomb

– 1/2 shot Grey Goose Vodka

Coke Zero

– For a non-alcoholic Scott Pilgrim-themed beverage and/or post-ex dominating hydration

Food

– Garlic bread

Post-Movie Game

– Follow up with some all night Rock Band
– Any version for Xbox, PS3, or Wii
– Rock Band 2 “No Fail” is probably your best bet for fun after your college level beverages
– Attire Video game-themed T-shirts encouraged

THE CLASSIC: STAR TREK PARTY

Essentials

– TV show/movies muted in background
– Soundtracks playing
– Klingon Conversation
– Star Trek Trivial Pursuit

Drinks

– Samarian Sunset
– Fruity beverage of your choice
– Aldebaran Whiskey
– Whiskey
– Green Liquid
– Romulan Ale
– Equal parts vodka, triple sec, blue curacao, and lemonade
– Klingon Blood Wine
– 1 oz gold tequila
– 1 oz spiced rum
– 1 dash grenadine syrup
– 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
– Cranberry juice
– Luckily, Vulcans are impervious to alcohol
– Attire Trekkie costumes a must

Now go on and geek out your college glory days like a pro. And remember if at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0.

Geek's College Party Guide

10 Degrees Hiring Managers Don’t Want to See

10 Degrees Hiring Managers Don’t Want to See
The Worst Degrees

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10 Degrees Hiring Managers Don’t Want to See

In today’s economy, employers pay more attention to the degree you get than ever before. At Best Degree Programs, we decided to take a look at 10 common degrees that aren’t likely to get you an interview.

Hey, high school seniors hoping to major in Latin – think again! While you probably shouldn’t choose a college major based on what’s likely to make you the most money, you should think long and hard about getting a degree that’ll be sure to get your resume tossed into the nearest wastebasket.

The fact is that 31% of recent grads haven’t found a job six months after graduation. That’s the economy we live in. Now more than ever it’s important to choose a degree that improves your chances of getting noticed and getting hired.

The worst degree to get at the current time is, somewhat surprisingly, architecture. 13.9% of recent architecture graduates unemployed. This makes sense given the massive slow down in construction.

The next set of bad majors is anything that falls under the Humanities or Liberal Arts banner. Latin, Theology, English Literature.

After the humanities, you have the social sciences. Majors like American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and even Economics.

The last type of bad degree for getting a job on our list is the arts. Things like Poetry, Art History, Music Therapy and even something as bizarre as Puppetry (yes, this is a real major).

Ok. So what are some good degrees? Right now you can’t go wrong with either Education or Health. Graduates with degrees in those two disciplines are clearly the best positioned for employment. However, there are plenty of other relatively safe majors: engineering, sciences, computers and IT, business, psychology, social work and media and communications are a few examples.

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