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English, the Number One Major for Return on Investment

January 10th, 2013 by Ajuan Mance

Salary.com has compiled a list of the eight college majors that provide the greatest Return on Investment (ROI). In an article that challenges the national ambivalence about the value of a humanities-centered education, the online magazine has listed English as the major that provides the greatest ROI. The following is the Salary.com explanation of the value of the English major:

 

1. English

What could be better? For four years you do lots of writing and reading, you talk about writing and reading, then follow up with more writing and reading. Then, the sky’s the limit. Common jobs held by English majors include:

SPEECH WRITER
Median Salary: $78,011
30-Year Earnings: $4,601,086
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 122%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 37%

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Median Salary: $88,498
30-Year Earnings: $5,219,609
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 139%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 42%

CONTENT MANAGER — WEB
Median Salary: $79,674
30-Year Earnings: $4,699,170
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 125%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 38%

The other seven majors with the greatest ROI are:

8. Math

7. Information Technology

6. Human Resources

5. Economics

4. Biology

3. Engineering

2. Marketing

–Ajuan Mance

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