Monday, July 27, 2009

Speaking of Science and the Arts...

According to CNNMoney:

"What happened to well-rounded?

"There are far fewer people graduating with math-based majors, compared to their liberal-arts counterparts, which is why they are paid at such a premium. The fields of engineering and computer science each make up about 4% of all college graduates, while social science and history each comprise 16%, Koc noted.

"As a result, salaries for graduates who studied fields like social work command tiny paychecks, somewhere in the vicinity of $29,000. English, foreign language and communications majors make about $35,000, Koc said.

"'It's a supply and demand issue,' he added. 'So few grads offer math skills, and those who can are rewarded.'"

Notice, however, that the list of "top-paying degrees" does not include general mathematics.

(I don't actually have a point here, other than the fact that the skills must be appicable in a real-world setting to be considered valuable. Also, people who go into "social work" make very little money because they're passionate about their causes and are therefore not good examples of the bottom of the range of pay for those with liberal arts degrees.)

1 comment:

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Oh, and by the way, I just heard that Petroleum Engineers starting out with my company make about $90K a year with a $20K signing bonus. Bah humbug.

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