The Highest Paid, Most In-Demand, and Most Popular College Majors of 2022

CHICAGO — Most students don’t have to declare a major until late in their sophomore year or early in their junior years.

This is a big decision that can also be extremely stressful due to the impact it will have on the student’s future career path.

Career experts recommend that students consider their interests, values, passions, and abilities when choosing a major.

They also suggest students examine job growth projections in their future field and explore projected earnings for a career.

Experts suggest students speak to guidance counselors, parents, and peers for inspiration and feedback on choosing the major that’s right for them.

Students should also keep in mind that nothing is set in stone; and that they can always change majors, but it may cost more and take longer to complete the new degree.

In an effort to alleviate some of the stress surrounding this “major” decision, WGN News Now has compiled a list of the highest paying, most in-demand, and most popular majors of 2022.

First of all, the Top Majors with the highest entry salaries.

Top Majors with the highest median salaries

Engineering computer Science:

Computer engineers design, develop, research, and test computer systems and components.

Median entry salary = $102,908

Nuclear Engineering:

Nuclear engineers are responsible for monitoring nuclear energy to harness its benefits safely. They have responsibilities surrounding the management, innovation and research of materials or the installation of the reactor.

Median entry salary = $100,639

Petroleum Engineering:

Petroleum engineers develop and design techniques to remove gas and oil from deposits below the Earth’s surface.

Median entry-level salary = $98,040

Chemical Engineer:

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and biology to improve manufacturing processes and procedures involving products such as fuel, drugs, food, detergents, plastics, gasoline, synthetics and plastics, synthetics and cement.

Median entry salary = $79,890

Aerospace Engineering:
Aerospace engineers design a variety of spacecraft, aircraft, satellites, and missiles.

Median entry-level salary = $78,702

Electrical engineering:
Electrical engineers design electrical systems. They develop, test and design electrical equipment and components such as smartphones, electric motors and power generation equipment.

Median entry salary = $75,073

Mechanical Engineering:
A mechanical engineer designs and develops moving objects, including products such as robots, motors, machines, and instruments. They also test machines, various equipment and mechanical components.

Median entry salary = $73,500

Public works:
A civil engineer designs construction projects for roads, airports, railways, bridges, dams and canals. They also estimate material and personnel costs.
Median entry salary = $71,901

Professionals in this field work on software and hardware development, information systems management, and areas like cybersecurity.

Average salary for 0-1 years of experience = $68,000 (Coursera)

Industrial engineer:
Industrial engineers design the layout of machinery to aid in manufacturing production. They ensure that products meet quality, safety and design standards and guidelines.

Entry-level median salary = $50,486 (Zip Recruiter)

Below are the Top 10 majors in demand Best Colleges recommends students consider when choosing their major

Most Requested Majors

  1. Engineering (see above)
  2. Company
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  4. Hospitality
  5. Education
  6. Computing
  7. Architecture
  8. Pharmaceutical sciences
  9. Computer science
  10. construction management

here are the 10 most popular majors among college students according to Best Colleges.

10 Most Popular College Majors

  1. Company
  2. Health professions
  3. Social sciences and history
  4. Engineering
  5. Biological and biomedical sciences
  6. Psychology
  7. Communication and Journalism
  8. Visual and performing arts
  9. Computer and Information Science
  10. Education

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