Want a High Paying Job? Do the Math
Being an engineer turned patent lawyer, I had to post a quick link to this article about the most lucrative college majors. Twelve of the top fifteen majors listed in the study are in engineering. The other three are computer science, construction management and actuarial science.
The characteristic common to all of them: math skills.
Unfortunately, many students in the modern era run away from math like it’s the swine flu. They prefer the safety of a dumbed-down “business” degree where they can talk about “marketing” and “leadership” and being an “entrepreneur.” If they are fortunate, they might learn some accounting. If that “business” degree isn’t enough to get them a decent job, they toss on an MBA for good measure, thereby enlarging the gap in their career preparation.
As I have said before, our economy needs more engineers and fewer MBAs. Not enough folks acquire the skills to do anything productive – to solve problems, to design/build things that can make a real difference in people’s lives. On the career earnings side, this becomes a classic case of supply and demand. You want to have something the employers – and our economy – need. Proficiency in math and its practical application is one of those things.
So Mommas, don’t let your children grow up to be cowboys business majors. Show them the math.
(Oh – and don’t send them to law school either. There are way too many of us out here already.)
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