Engineering becomes the most profitable major in modern days.


As technology becomes the most important part of improving human life, Engineering becomes the most demanding major in all universities. But some may still question if the Engineering the best way to go for college years. But the cost of studying engineer is also high that might prevent some families from choosing it. When we start thinking about the question “Can I get the most of it with the lest investment?”, we need to calculate the ROI, which is return on investiment.

The graph above shows the 25th percentile income range of all-age student with different majors. We can see that Engineering has high low end and not a significant high end compare the health, which also is the most demanding majors. So, Engineering may guarantee your lowest income is higher than other majors with the same amount of effort.

The graph above shows the median income range of all-age students with different majors. The same principle applies to this graph. We can see that students from Engineering have higher low-end than other students from different majors. Also, we could see that the advantage that health has in the 25th percentile graph no longer exists. Engineering has over 2k advantage in income in both end compare to income from other majors.

The graph above shows the 75th percentile income range of all-age students with different majors. It is obvious that Engineering takes the lead of all majors with over 20k income at the most. When families thinking about education in college years, the tuition might differ in about less than 3k. But, as we can see from those graphs, Engineering can provide you with the most average income that exceeding almost twice the income of people graduate from other majors all times.

So, we can see that the return for Engineering is high enough that the investment is negligible. If you are wondering which major to choose in college year and spend your time with, it will be wise if you try Engineering first due to its high ROI.

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  1. April 27, 2019 by James Howe

    Ha, this makes me feel good about my choice of major!

  2. April 28, 2019 by Samiha.Datta

    Nice article, James! I like your graphics. Do you have any inclinations as to why this is the case?

  3. April 28, 2019 by Eva Batelaan

    Glad I’m going into engineering/ computer science then :). I think return on investment is a very important factor to consider, and I like that you split it up into different percentiles

  4. April 29, 2019 by Annie Ma

    I liked the graphics that you used in this! My only question is – why is Interdisciplinary very small? Are there very few interdisciplinary majors offered?

  5. April 29, 2019 by Haley

    You did such a great job color-coding your visualizations – nice job!

  6. April 29, 2019 by Natheir.Abu-Dahab

    The fact that there is such a wide range of salaries for engineering majors also must be taken into account, the fact that one, as an engineer, can get a salary anywhere between 40k and 200K means that it really could go either way, but it is clear that it is consistently higher in wages than all other majors.
    Really interesting, thanks for sharing!

  7. April 30, 2019 by Nikhil Goel

    Well, I chose Computer Science! This is very informative and interesting.

  8. May 02, 2019 by Joseph.Wang

    It’s astounding how much the engineering field has progressed. It’s such a broad field as well and can have many applications. Great job on the visualization!

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