Monday, July 24, 2006

    You got a graduate degree in what?

    Recent starting salaries (just one measure, I know, but an interesting one) for recent graduates (link) (link to info completely opposite of the below):

    Hospitality services management: Up 9.7 percent to $36,480

    Business administration/management: Up 6.3 percent to $42,048, thanks to investment banks that were paying an average of $53,277

    Accounting: Up 5.5 percent to $45,656

    Economics/finance: Up 5.1 percent to $45,112, again thanks to a high number of offers from investment banks and also financial services companies.

    Information sciences and systems: Up 8.5 percent to $48,593

    Civil engineering: Up 5.4 percent to $46,023

    Chemical engineering: Up 4.7 percent to $56,335, thanks to a large number of starting offers averaging $58,456 from petroleum and coal products manufacturers. Those manufacturers may also be responsible for the 12.3 percent jump in the starting salaries of those who majored in geology and related sciences. They are earning an average of $44,191.

    Computer engineering: Up 2.3 percent to $53,651

    Electrical engineering: Up 3.2 percent to $53,552

    Mechanical engineering: Up 3 percent to $51,732

    History: Up 3.1 percent to $32,697

    Psychology: Up 1.2 percent to $30,218

    Communications: Down 0.4 percent to $31,876

    Political science and government: Down 2.6 percent to $32,665

    Sociology: Down 2.7 percent to $30,944

    English: Down 4.1 percent to $30,906

    Guess what I majored in...

    Would you like me to read this to you? Listen


    Blogger Miranda said...

    I would LOVE to major in English/Rhetoric and teach CC/undergrad composition and developmental writing, but those numbers scare me.

    So I'm majoring in pharmacy instead. Blech. But I will be able to pay for the kids college. Yay me....

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006  
    Blogger Piss Poor Prof said...

    Perhaps you could moonlight with comp. It is a field that always needs adjuncts (it has a high burn-out rate--just so many comma errors and asanine arguments one can take). To do so, take a few masters level comp courses.

    Then you can make money and teach on the side.

    Friday, July 28, 2006  
    Blogger Miranda said...

    I do non-instructional support for developmental comp courses right now, so I can understand the burn-out factor. However, I find this student population endlessly less annoying than the general chem crowd I SI for. The developmental crowd actual listens to suggestions and says thank you.

    Saturday, July 29, 2006  
    Blogger Piss Poor Prof said...

    I have also found that there is a segment of the comp student population that sees the immediate need and application of the skills.

    These are the nice students; students you wish you could clone.

    The rest, I imagine evil careers stuck in cubes for them... :)

    Monday, July 31, 2006  

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