Most Useful College Degrees

1. Nursing

Unemployment, recent grad: 4.0%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 1.9%

Earnings, recent grad: $48,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $64,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 26%

Related occupation: Registered Nurse

2. Mechanical Engineering

Unemployment, recent grad: 8.6%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 3.8%

Earnings, recent grad: $58,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $86,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 4%

Related occupation: Mechanical Engineering Technician

3. Electrical Engineering

Unemployment, recent grad: 7.3%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.2%

Earnings, recent grad: $57,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $90,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 6%

Related occupation: Electrical and Electronics Engineers

4. Civil Engineering

Unemployment, recent grad: 8.1%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 4.5%

Earnings, recent grad: $50,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $81,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 12%

Related occupation: Civil Engineer

5. Computer Science

Unemployment, recent grad: 7.8%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.6%

Earnings, recent grad: $50,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $81,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 18%

Related occupation: IT Managers

6. Finance

Unemployment, recent grad: 6.6%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.2%

Earnings, recent grad: $44,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $72,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 23%

Related occupation: Financial Analysts

7. Marketing and Marketing Research

Unemployment, recent grad: 7.3%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 6.0%

Earnings, recent grad: $37,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $65,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 41%

Related occupation: Market Research Analysts

8. Mathematics

Unemployment, recent grad: 6.1%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.1%

Earnings, recent grad: $40,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $71,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 16%

Related occupation: Mathematician

9. Accounting

Unemployment, recent grad: 6.8%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 4.8%

Earnings, recent grad: $43,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $65,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 16%

Related occupation: Accountants and Auditors

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages

Unemployment, recent grad: 7.9%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 4.8%

Earnings, recent grad: $32,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $50,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 42%

Related occupation: Interpreters and Translators

11. General Business

Unemployment, recent grad: 7.0%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 4.8%

Earnings, recent grad: $37,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $60,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 22%

Related occupation: Management Analyst

13. Economics

Unemployment, recent grad: 9.4%

Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.7%

Earnings, recent grad: $48,000

Earnings, experienced grad: $76,000

Projected growth, 2010-2020: 6%

Related occupation: Economist

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