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I can't look it up right now, but the number to compare is mid-career salary. When I looked it up for myself and my DD2 a few months ago, it was true that nurses made more than English majors the first year out of school. Their average salaries were equal by midcareer.
Major 10th %ile median 90th %ile
English 33,400 64,700 133,000
Music 26,700 55,000 134,000
Philosophy 35,500 81,200 168,000
Nursing 47,600 67,000 98,300
Physician Asst 66,400 91,700 124,000
Whenever I hear people deriding humanities majors, or any major but STEM, it makes me wonder - do they never watch tv shows, never see/read/hear advertisements, never listen to music, never go to movies or plays, never go to a museum, never read a fiction or non-fiction book about history or politics, never send their children to school, do they never need a lawyer...
While I understand better than just about anyone that poor kids don't have a safety net, I don't like the tendency to try to scare poor kids away from the humanities as though it might be a gamble. The humanities shouldn't be reserved for the rich.
(Says the former full Pell, humanities student who couldn't imagine having majored in anything other than the humanities.)
^Absolutely, @romanigypsyeyes . Another first-gen Humanities major here.
I terrified my mother, I think, when I decided to major in literature. But - it's all been good. I'd do it all over again, even taking the time off to work in a factory to afford to get the degree...
I cannot imagine having worked so hard to study something I had no passion for and interest in...
Many white-collar entry-level opportunities for Humanities students, even first-gen ones...
I was fortunate in that the only "older relatives" who were involved in my education were my parents who were funding it. How tiresome to have to have the approval of a bunch of nosy aunts, uncles or cousins unable to mind their own business.
The point, cobrat, is that it's weird that your relatives had any say or input at all in what you chose to major in / do for a living.