Doing work you love and getting paid well for it is the pinnacle of success.
But many people don’t attain that enviable twofer, so they settle for one or the other, either financing a cushy lifestyle through a job they don’t particularly care about or pursuing work they’re passionate about even if it requires financial sacrifice.
Then there are the no-fers who end up doing work they don’t like and getting paid poorly besides.
Nobody sets out to have a busted career, of course, but a lot of workers drift into unrewarding careers because of the college major they choose and the narrow pathways it may lead to if they don’t branch out or build new skills. And now, new data from compensation-research firm Payscale reveals which majors are most rewarding, as well as most disappointing.
The majors that lead to satisfying and lucrative careers aren’t surprising. Twelve of the 20 majors that lead to the most highly paid jobs are engineering specialties, while most of the rest involve math and science. And most majors associated with high pay score above the median when people are asked whether they’d recommend their major to others, and whether they find their work meaningful. (High pay, no doubt, contributes to a positive impression of one’s college major.)