The Worst-Paying College Majors in America

By Joseph A. Dallegro | Investopedia

Know anyone who decided to study teaching or art for the money? Didn’t think so. TIME, using data from work done by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, entitled “What’s It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors”, report some of the lowest earning majors an undergrad can pursue. (For more, see: The Declining Value of a College Degree.)

Lowest Paying Degrees

These are the lowest paying college degrees, and their median earnings per year:

Visual and Performing Arts: $40,000

Communications-Disorders Sciences and Services: $40,000

Studio Arts: $40,000

Drama and Theater Arts: $40,000

Social Work: $39,000

Human Services and Community Organizations: $38,000

Theology and Religious Studies: $38,000

Early Childhood Education: $36,000

Counseling and Psychology: $29,000

(source: The Economic Value of College Majors: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce)

For comparison, the median worker aged 25 to 59 with only a high school diploma makes $36,000 annually, according to the report.

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