When deciding what to study in college, it's important to consider the earning and growth potential for jobs associated with each major.

To help you figure that out, Payscale, the creator of the world's largest compensation database with more than 40 million salary profiles, looked at the difference between starting salary (less than five years of experience) and mid-career pay (10 or more years of experience) by college major, to determined the 13 majors with the largest salary growth.

13. Business & Information Technology (IT)

Common jobs: Information Technology (IT) Manager, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator

Starting median pay: $56,900

Mid-career median pay: $99,100

Difference: $42,200 / 74.2%



12. Computer Science (CS) & Engineering

Common jobs: Information Technology (IT) Architect, Software Developer, Programmer Analyst

Starting median pay: $66,700

Mid-career median pay: $112,600

Difference: $45,900 / 68.8%



11. Chemical Engineering

Common jobs: Chemical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Process Engineer

Starting median pay: $69,600

Mid-career median pay: $116,700

Difference: $47,100 / 67.7%



10. Aviation Management

Common jobs: Aviation/Aerospace Program Manager, Corporate Jet Aircraft Pilot

Starting median pay: $48,100

Mid-career median pay: $90,000

Difference: $41,900 / 87.1%



9. Physics

Common jobs: Physicist, IT Data Scientist

Starting median pay: $57,200

Mid-career median pay: $105,100

Difference: $47,900 / 83.7%



8. Electronics & Communications Engineering

Common jobs: Electronics Engineer

Starting median pay: $64,100

Mid-career median pay: $113,200

Difference: $49,100 / 76.6%



7. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Common jobs: Molecular Biologist, Research Scientist, Research Associate

Starting median pay: $44,700

Mid-career median pay: $88,800

Difference: $44,100 / 98.7%



6. Economics

Common jobs: Economist, Management Consultant, Financial Analyst

Starting median pay: $51,400

Mid-career median pay: $97,700

Difference: $46,300 / 90.1%



5. Petroleum Engineering

Common jobs: Reservoir Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Drilling Engineer

Starting median pay: $102,300

Mid-career median pay: $176,300

Difference: $74,000 / 72.3%



4. Statistics

Common jobs: Statistician, SAS Programmer, Data Analyst

Starting median pay: $54,900

Mid-career median pay: $103,100

Difference: $48,200 / 87.8%



3. Nuclear Engineering

Common jobs: Nuclear Engineer, Health Physicist

Starting median pay: $67,000

Mid-career median pay: $118,800

Difference: $51,800 / 77.3%



2. Government

Common job: Research Analyst

Starting median pay: $45,100

Mid-career median pay: $94,400

Difference: $49,300 / 109.3%



1. Actuarial Mathematics

Common jobs: Actuary, Actuarial Analyst

Starting median pay: $60,800

Mid-career median pay: $119,600

Difference: $58,800 / 96.7%



Now check out the majors with the smallest salary growth:

13 College Majors Where The Pay Goes Nowhere



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