Monday, January 30, 2012

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 In


12:21 p.m. | Updated to add a fuller list of majors at the bottom of the post.

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