There's a lot of pressure on university students to pursue practical degrees.
I majored in English literature, which I absolutely loved. But that investment won't pay off for a long time. While studies show that, by the end of my career, I may make more than my colleagues, I will make much less than my peers for a few decades.
But below are listed the ten university majors that lead to the highest salaries for graduates, according to University Magazine. Though, you should also take location into account when choosing a job. People in Montreal, for example, make much less money than people in other major Canadian cities.
10. Civil Engineering
Average salary: $80, 080
Engineering always struck me as the most difficult field in university. Students in engineering were always the ones crying on the library stairs. That hard work pays off, apparently, landing civil engineers in the top ten.
Average salary: $84,510
This is a surprise but I'm glad nurses are in the top ten. Nurses work incredibly hard and perform invaluable duties. Give your nurse friends a hug.
8. Specialized engineering
Average salary: $85,009
These are engineers in fields like agriculture and medicine, according to University Magazine. The average pay for these occupations is not only high but also rapidly increasing.
7. Business administration
Average salary: $85,508
Business administrators will receive predictably high salaries.
6. Software engineering
Average salary: $90,001
Software engineering is also unsurprisingly lucrative. The tech industry is booming, particularly in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Montreal.
Average salary: $100,006
Studies in geosciences can lead to employment in environmental or energy sectors, both of which are fast-growing.
Average salary: $102,398
Pharmacists are paid quite well. A nationwide dearth of pharmacists also explains the high salaries.
Average salary: $103,376
No explanation necessary.
2. Chemical engineering
Average salary: $104,000
Chemical engineers can work in any of dozens of fields, from biotechnology to energy.
1. Management sciences
Average salary: $110,000
Students who learn how to best take advantage of markets will make the most money.