The Most Lucrative College Degrees

Skip graduate school with these bachelor’s degrees that pay well.

By: Amanda Anderson

People attend college for many reasons, but the most important of these reasons is the possibility to make high salaries that can improve their quality of life. However, every major does not provide graduates with high income based salaries. It is suggested that those who plan to attend college do research on possible degree programs that lead to career paths that they might truly be interested in. While it is obvious that those who attend medical school, law school, or any other graduate programs on average make higher salaries; the amount of debt accumulated from student loans makes it nearly impossible to fully enjoy higher salaries.

If you whether make a high salary with a bachelor’s degree and forsake graduate schools, here are some bachelor’s degrees that are known to bring in pretty large salaries for graduates.


An actuary is a statistician that analyzes the financial risks while studying uncertain future events or circumstances. Actuaries can work for insurance companies, consulting firms, the government, hospitals, as well as a host of other places.

To become an actuary, you will have to be strong in math. A bachelor’s degree in statistics, finance, business, or economics are great ways to prepare for a career as an actuary.

In addition to obtaining a bachelor’s degree, you will have to pass a series of exams in order to become certified to begin working in the profession. The starting salary for those that choose to enter into this career is about $45,000 to $55,000.

Financial Advisor

If you have a passion for money and the world of finance, financial advisement might be the best career choice for you. Financial advisors work closely with people who seek guidance in the financial lives. They made need help in making investment choices, creating a budget, or preparing for retirement. Some financial advisors work for corporations, and oversee the corporation’s finances.
A bachelor’s degree in finance or business (with an emphasis in finance) is a great way to enter the field. Starting salaries for this career is around $30,000-$40,000. In a little under 5 years, it’s not unheard of for financial advisers to make salaried ranging in the mid 50s.

Computer Software Engineer

When you combine the world of math and computer science, you have the challenging profession of the Computer Software Engineer. Professionals in this industry, work closely with software. The engineers test, develop, and design computer software.

A bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering will prepare individuals for entrance into the field. The starting salary for this career is around $50,000 with the potential to earn six figures with enough experience.

Real Estate Appraiser

One of the most financially rewarding careers in real estate is real estate appraisal. Real estate appraiser’s estimate the worth of real estate property, and have the option to work with banks and the government in slower markets.

Appraisers can also become self-employed, and manage their own clientele. A bachelor’s degree in real estate and the proper state certification is required for this profession. Starting salary for appraisers is around $35,000 to $40,000. Median earnings are around $64,000, while top collateral appraisers earn well over six figures.

Network System and Data Communications Analyst

Network System and Data Communication Analysts evaluate the network systems of internet systems and local area networks. Since the technology boom, individuals with computer training have more job opportunities than most professions.

Entry in the field requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems. The starting salary is around $50,000. In about 5 years, most will earn around $80,000 in this field.

All these careers require individuals to be comfortable with numbers and able to handle difficult levels of math. While these careers offer high salaries and only require four year degrees, it is important that you research these careers to make sure that these professions could be right for you.

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