Engineering still tops pay scale

We at LUX are slightly biased, but this is one of those things where if your child doesn’t have an idea on what they want to do in life, you might want to direct them towards a “higher pay scale”. For 2006, CNN’s poll has engineering still leading the pack. And as usual, liberal arts brings in the wagon train.
The quarterly report by the NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) shows chemical engineering leading the charge at $55,900 and liberal arts majors bringing in about $30,828.
Granted, $30k is very different depending on if you’re living in New York and California, or Lousiana, the Carolinas or Tennessee. But if there are no aspirations…. perhaps it’s time to check out what pays decently.
Via CNNMoney

  • The last longitudinal study I saw on the matter showed that engineers start out making more, but wind up making far less. In other words, their raises are incremental compared with the Liberal Arts. Moreover, engineers often suffer the same “burn-out” that those with sports careers suffer.
    As it turns out, in the long run, it is better to be a conductor than an engineer.
    See where the train winds up…then decide.

  • The last longitudinal study I saw on the matter showed that engineers start out making more, but wind up making far less. In other words, their raises are incremental compared with the Liberal Arts. Moreover, engineers often suffer the same “burn-out” that those with sports careers suffer.
    As it turns out, in the long run, it is better to be a conductor than an engineer.
    See where the train winds up…then decide.

  • And this study would be where?
    I don’t buy it from some random jaded philosopher.
    I don’t mean to be so mean, but considering what careers most liberal arts people get into (read: middle or lower management, or nothing), I don’t see it happening.

  • And this study would be where?
    I don’t buy it from some random jaded philosopher.
    I don’t mean to be so mean, but considering what careers most liberal arts people get into (read: middle or lower management, or nothing), I don’t see it happening.

  • Just going to point out that most management positions are also placed by School of Business. Most schools except very small ones have Business has a separate category from liberal arts.
    From seeing the real world, I usually see finance/business type people at the top of the food chain, engineers bringing in R&D; in most tech corporations (the only thing I really can speak to) and anyone with lib-arts bringing up the rest. HR dept has a lot of lib-arts people, but they’re also the first to get outsourced and cut when times get tough.

  • darkmoon

    Just going to point out that most management positions are also placed by School of Business. Most schools except very small ones have Business has a separate category from liberal arts.
    From seeing the real world, I usually see finance/business type people at the top of the food chain, engineers bringing in R&D in most tech corporations (the only thing I really can speak to) and anyone with lib-arts bringing up the rest. HR dept has a lot of lib-arts people, but they’re also the first to get outsourced and cut when times get tough.