Economics and Decision Sciences

Salary surveys find economics to be a major with high earning potential

The Top Five Bachelor Degrees

Median income (Men over 30)

1. Engineering $52,998
2. Mathematics $52,316
3. Physics $51,819
4. Pharmacy $50,805
5. Economics $50,360

SOURCE: "USA TODAY" based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report "Occupational Information Outlook Quarterly, Summer 1996" 

Annual income (Women 35-44)

1. Economics $49,170
2. Engineering $49,070
3. Pharmacy $48,427
4. Architecture $46,353
5. Computer Science $43,757

SOURCE:"Washington Post", Sunday, March 24, 1996. As a degree for women, economics is described as "golden."