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Lucrative and Secure Careers that only Require a Bachelor's Degree?

PatheticHopeFulPatheticHopeFul Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
edited July 2012 in College Life
Is there such thing as such a career. With the state of the economy and unemployment, I'm trying to find the best option, financially, for me. I'll be attending a top LAC for almost nothing and I'd like to keep my debt minimal (almost non-existent) and would like to be working straight out of college and earning a decent amount of money. Graduate school seems like a risk for me. Any suggestions on careers or majors.
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Replies to: Lucrative and Secure Careers that only Require a Bachelor's Degree?

  • PhilsophydudePhilsophydude Registered User Posts: 429 Junior Member
    Computer Science, engineering

    I know at least here at Cal the average starting salary in CS was about 80k last year.
  • markopoliomarkopolio Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    engineering and economics can land you some good jobs. Then again, you can major in anything and with connections end up in a good career.
  • soccergurl7988soccergurl7988 Registered User Posts: 896 Member
    Depends on how you define lucrative, I suppose.

    No matter what, it's less about the major most times and more about the connections you make, skills you acquire, and your resume.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 32,843 Senior Member
    There is NO magical degree. Period. It's all about what you do when you're in school that matters.
  • Acruz1991Acruz1991 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Accounting offers you some pretty decent job opportunities directly after college? Especially if you go on to become CPA certified. I'm an Econ major and I've heard a lot of success stories of students graduating with an just an Econ degree and becoming pretty successful. Don't be fooled though work experience, connections, and luck all play a part as well.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    My degree is in political science and I landed a great job in insurance-- at a wholesaler, not at an agency, so it is not a sales type job like many people dread. It pays quite well enough though not on the same level as something like computer science or engineering. If I'd gotten my degree in insurance, though, I VERY likely could have gotten a 5-10k larger salary at my company than I have now, especially if I'd had internships, and then it might have been comparable. I was at a disadvantage going in because I had no insurance or even office experience.
  • NovaLynnxNovaLynnx Registered User Posts: 1,406 Senior Member
    My LAC offered a nursing program (BSN) through a local hospital. RNs are fairly in demand and offer a decent starting salary.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,173 Senior Member
    Define lucrative.

    K-12 teachers generally enjoy good job security and earn above-median income in most school districts, but it's not as much money as some college grads are hoping for.

    Computer science majors can get very decent jobs straight out of college, but they don't offer much job security. (Many middle-aged programmers are laid off and replaced with cheaper recent college graduates, for instance.)

    Actuarial science seems fairly secure and well-paying, but it's a dead-end job for most. (I've met several former actuaries who quit because they got bored doing the same computations year after year, but not a single one who left the field because they couldn't get a job.)
    Graduate school seems like a risk for me.
    Luckily not everybody has to pay for their graduate degree. PhD students, for example, are usually funded. (I get a full tuition waiver, health insurance and a $30,000/year stipend.) Sometimes that system gets taken advantage of: students will enroll in a PhD program and then drop out with a Master's degree instead of enrolling in the pay-your-your-own-degree Master's programs.
  • PatheticHopeFulPatheticHopeFul Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    I'd define lucrative as being financially secure with a steady, generous income that would be capable of sustaining a small family in the future (if I planned on settling down). My passion is the Arts (I love TV/Film Production--behind the scenes work), but unfortunately I don't think that field would be able to support my lifestyle if I didn't make it big (real big). And to even assure that I had a steady flow of "jobs" in that field, I have to at least have a graduate degree and that would mean tens of thousands of dollars (that I don't have).
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,173 Senior Member
    generous income
    But what's a generous income for you? According to Wikipedia, the median income of a full-time worker aged 25-64 in 2005 was $39,509. Those with Bachelor degrees had a median income of $50,959. Would you be happy with a median income or do you want significantly more than that? (Take those numbers as a lifetime average median income. The median starting salary is a lot lower than that.)
  • Acruz1991Acruz1991 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Those numbers just look so low to me... As a student last year I made just above $30,000 (I do live on my own and make car payments) and to be a fully fledged grown adult with a family on an income of around $50,000 is just something I wouldn't be comfortable with.
  • Acruz1991Acruz1991 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    But back to your question I would definitely say Engineering, Nursing, Accounting, and maybe even Economics are pretty good degrees that can lead to a "comfortable" wage directly out of college. Just do keep in mind that nowadays a Bachelors degree is not what it used to be.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,984 Senior Member
    Sales. Especially technical sales, a quality, high-end, cutting edge product or service, especially selling to Fortune 500's or better- which does not require a technical degree, just smarts, tech aptitude and some polish.

    Not saying sales is for everyone. Not saying any old sales. You can't sleepwalk through it, you have to know your stuff, but you can make money and, as time goes by, set some of your own hours. It helps to have some technical courses behind you, something that says you can handle the learning and keep up with the info flow.

    You have to earn your stripes, so to speak. And there have been ups and downs in the tech market, especially in the last 10 years- but all the seasoned reps I know weathered each storm.
  • terencterenc Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    Look, if you get a major in a field you don't like, just because that field objectively holds greater job opportunities and pays better, 15 years from now, you'll be miserable, you'll hate your career, you'll have no motivation to go to work, and you'll wonder why the heck you aren't making as much money as your colleagues with the same degrees.
  • Acruz1991Acruz1991 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Terenc is very very spot on with that. You can't just go for money.
    1. You'll be miserable.
    2. You'll never get ahead.
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