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Finance

  • Median mid-career pay: $89,100
  • Median starting salary: $51,900

Not surprisingly, finance is one of the highest-paying college majors. Lippe says college students majoring in finance and who have played a financial role in on-campus organizations will have an advantage over the competition.

"(Students) need to talk numbers. They need to explain, 'I had X dollars in my budget that I was responsible for, this is what we did with those dollars and this is the impact on that organization,'" Lippe says. "Telling that financial story will make you stand out from someone saying, 'Hey, I was a member of the finance club, and I was in it for 4 years.'"

If your college doesn't require a finance internship, hiring managers will, says Lippe. Interning once is great, but those competing for top positions in the field will graduate with 2 or 3 internships on their resume.

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