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Low-paying jobs just aren’t what they used to be.

May 11, 2010

Low-paying jobs requiring college degrees, that is.

There’s no denying the value of a college education: According to recent U.S. Census surveys, the median salary for college grads is more than $20,000 higher than that of people with only a high school diploma. And the unemployment rate for people with bachelor’s degrees is almost half the rate for people without.

But some degrees are worth more than others, as PayScale.com shows in its 2010 report on the earning power of bachelor’s degrees.

The story lists the bottom ten: the ten lowest-paying degree-requiring jobs, as ranked by that website.

They’re…well, they’re what you’d expect, I guess. Education; the arts; social work. Stuff like that.

But here’s what really stood out: even these jobs, the ten lowest-paying college degrees, start at over $30,000 a year. Thirty grand. And the mid-career annual salaries are, with two exceptions, in the $50,000 range.

Hey, you won’t get rich anytime soon, although with good money management and a modest but regular investment strategy, there’s no reason you can’t, eventually. But…wow. The lowest-paying college degree starts you – a 22-year old with a rolled-up piece of paper held tightly in one fist – at thirty grand?

UPDATE – Did the survey not take into account all the Polish-speaking, Czeck-speaking Political Science majors?

One Comment
  1. May 12, 2010 7:00 am

    It took me several years with a degree from Marquette to get a $30,000 job. Of course, my paper was for English/Philosophy. An engineering degree of some sort would have started me out far above that.

    Some college degrees are more average than others.

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