This is continuing a series on college majors that lead to high paying jobs. You can check out Part One in this series by clicking here.
The majors Part Two focuses on are science-related and engineering careers.
All salary ranges show starting salary to the median salary for those working in the field for a while. All job growth stats are for expected growth in demand for these jobs projected through 2020.
Unemployment rate is for recent grads looking for these jobs. Click here for the slide show at Kiplinger for more details.
Medical Technologist, $45,100-58,000
job growth: 13%, unemployment rate: 5.4%
This is great for those who are interested in science especially on a practical level. To prepare for this job, you might major in chemistry or biology and include as many laboratory classes as possible. Consult college career counselors to tailor your course of studies to become a licensed medical technologist. Jobs are in hospitals, doctor’s offices and diagnostic labs. Try to get internships in places like that during summer vacations to increase your experience in the field. This career takes advantage of the strong growth in health care related jobs even though you have no contact with patients. No bedside manner needed!
Caution: Nick mentioned in the comments below that he’s heard there is a glut of medical technologists right now. I don’t know, but be sure to check that out before committing to a course of study.
Electrical Engineering, $57,000-86,000
job growth: 6%, unemployment rate: 7.3%
If you are brilliant at math and like electricity, this could be a great choice for you. Design and test electrical components for all kinds of applications. In your spare time you can build your own motherboard and all sorts of fun items like a motorcycle jacket with turn signals built into the sleeves! (I saw that online.) $57,000 is a pretty nice starting salary too.
I’ve heard that some electrical engineering jobs are being offshored, but that’s just what I read on internet forums. Investigate the real job prospects before studying for this career. Talk to those in the field now for their perspective.
Chemical Engineering, $64,500-86,000
job growth: 6%, unemployment rate: 7.5%
You have to be good in chemistry, physics, and math to do well in ChemE. It’s one of the most difficult of the engineering degrees to get. It also pays very well with a starting salary of $64,500. For some reason it’s the area of engineering where you find the most women. A woman will not find much residual sexism in this area of work as is sometimes true in other fields of engineering. Most ChemEs work in labs for a variety of companies.
Transportation and Technology, 53,1000-68,000
job growth: 5%, unemployment rate: NA
“Most study engineering, mechanics and aerodynamics and work for airplane manufacturers. Depending on the program, transportation sciences can also include fields such as materials engineering and automotive-technology management.”