PHOENIX -- With tuition prices soaring and student debt at an all-time high, many college students are looking for careers with a big paycheck right after graduation.
The College Majors Handbook, a published study led by Drexel University researchers, says it helps if you’ve got a nose for numbers.
Math and science related majors have the highest average salaries for people straight out of school.
Pre-med grads topped the list, with median pay of $100,000.
That’s versus median pay of $54,000 for all majors with a full-time job in 2010.
Engineering, pharmacy, and computer science grads also pulled in paychecks that were significantly higher.
So what if you’re not a math and science kind of student?
The College Majors Handbook says salary isn’t the only payoff.
History majors -- who make well less than the median number -- report having higher job satisfaction than most other graduates.
The same is true for many liberal arts degrees, like English.
And regardless of concentration, the average employee with a Bachelor’s degree earned 80 percent more than someone with a high school diploma.
From med school to liberal arts school, consider it a good investment.