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10 college degrees that lead to high-paying jobs

Government and politics
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Government and politics

  • Median mid-career pay: $88,200
  • Median starting salary: $42,600

All levels of U.S. government seek out these majors, but so do domestic and international companies, contracting firms, nonprofits, think tanks, lobbying groups, political campaigns, aid organizations and nongovernmental entities, according to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As with economics, degrees in government and political science are very flexible, with grads finding work in public policy, business, finance, marketing, education and legal sectors.

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, across all disciplines, hiring on the state and local levels is slower than it is on the federal level, those who enter management, business and financial roles will have the greatest likelihood of finding jobs.

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