College Majors with the Biggest Jump from Early to Mid-Career Earning

Career choices are often based on future financial gain, with many college grads picking occupations that promise job growth and increased wages. 

– Median wage early career: $40,000 – Median wage mid-career: $105,000 ($65,000 increase in wages) – Unemployment rate: 2% – Underemployment rate: 25.6% – Share with graduate degrees: 60.5% 

Pharmacy

– Median wage early career: $49,000 – Median wage mid-career: $95,000 ($46,000 increase in wages) – Unemployment rate: 7.7% – Underemployment rate: 34.3% – Share with graduate degrees: 69.1% 

Physics

– Median wage early career: $66,000 – Median wage mid-career: $109,000 ($43,000 increase in wages) – Unemployment rate: 2.5% – Underemployment rate: 21.3% – Share with graduate degrees: 40.6% 

Computer Engineering

– Median wage early career: $68,000 – Median wage mid-career: $110,000 ($42,000 increase in wages) – Unemployment rate: 3.8% – Underemployment rate: 22.7% – Share with graduate degrees: 48.4% 

Chemical Engineering

– Median wage early career: $40,000 – Median wage mid-career: $80,000 ($40,000 increase in wages) – Unemployment rate: 1.8% – Underemployment rate: 35% – Share with graduate degrees: 73% 

Biochemistry

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