It wasn’t all that long ago that having a college degree in almost any field of study was your ticket to a good paying job. Even to this day, college graduates can typically expect to earn substantially more money over the course of their working life, compared to their high school-educated-only counterparts. The one noteworthy and trending exception to this statistic is in the highly skilled trades. However, most students will have to face the cold reality of taking on more debt to cover the ever increasing cost of higher education. In light of this, knowing which college majors will result in the lowest paying careers is of utmost importance.
The following list of college degrees are ranked from the tenth lowest paying, all the way to the number one worst starting salary for a university graduate. Please keep in mind while scanning the list that the main focus is on what you can expect to earn starting out, and not after years of experience and/or training.
10. Performing Arts
This degree encompasses all forms of theater, music, dance, public speaking, and related pursuits. Graduates frequently use this training as a boost in other high-profile professions. While it can certainly be a lot of fun to study, unless you develop into a world-class performer, you can expect a rather mediocre starting salary of $38,000.
Students cultivate and propagate plants as research models to provide technical advise to fruit, vegetable, flower growers and farmers. Another important area of study is how to develop plants with better pest and disease resistance. Although there is a lot of work available, it’s mostly in the lower-paying ($37,000) landscaping field.