What the Top 1% of Earners Majored In
Interesting data on the college majors of the top 1% of earners (I was surprised to see that my major, international relations, was 6th):
We got an interesting question from an academic adviser at a Texas university: could we tell what the top 1 percent of earners majored in?
The writer, sly dog, was probably trying to make a point, because he wrote from a biology department, and it turns out that biology majors make up nearly 7 percent of college graduates who live in households in the top 1 percent.
According to the Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey, the majors that give you the best chance of reaching the 1 percent are pre-med, economics, biochemistry, zoology and, yes, biology, in that order.
January 18, 2012, 10:00 am
What the Top 1% of Earners Majored InBy ROBERT GEBELOFF and SHAILA DEWAN
12:21 p.m. | Updated to add a fuller list of majors at the bottom of the post.