College students arriving on campuses across the U.S. this fall may think that choosing a school was the biggest decision they’d have to make for a while.
But now, they’ll need to choose a major. “Research shows that in many ways it doesn’t really matter where you go to college,” Jon Marcus, higher education editor at The Hechinger Report, tells CNBC Make It. “What major you pick has a greater influence on your future postgraduate earnings and career success.”
As part of its annual College Salary Report, released today, PayScale analyzed data from graduates of more than 2,500 schools in order to spotlight how much graduates typically make early and mid-way through their careers. The site also identified the highest-paying college majors, and polled workers about whether or not they felt their work makes the world a better place.