10 Highest-Paying Entry-Level Jobs from just a Bachelor’s Degree

10 Highest-Paying Entry-Level Jobs from just a Bachelor’s Degree

CNBC has done a study to determine which bachelor’s degrees will give you the highest-paying entry-level jobs. The list follows with a description of each degree, in case you are on the verge of entering a bachelor’s degree program and any of these comprise your cup of tea. Engineering and computer degrees make up most of the list, so don’t read on if you don’t care for chemistry and physics. Seriously, they make those subjects so hard because these jobs pay so well.

10. Information Sciences & Systems

Average Entry-Level Salary: $54,038

Our list kicks off with a computer-based degree. And from my time working at an investment bank, I can tell you that these men and women have a difficult and crucial job that merits the high pay. They are essentially in charge of a company’s stock of information. Information flow, information organization, information integrity. In banks this means all info on clients and sales. It involves a lot of database use and problem solving.

9. Aerospace Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $57,231

These engineers deal with the science and construction of airplanes and rockets. Aeronautical engineering is the subdivision dealing with flights that stay in the Earth’s atmosphere and astronautical engineering deals with flight out of the atmosphere. This degree involves a heavy emphasis on intense physics. But these people can handle it, after all they’re rocket scientists.

8. Industrial Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $57,734

Industrial engineering is a field that is difficult to define concisely. Much of what industrial engineers do can be drawn back to the management and improvement of a company’s logistics, but that’s not all of it. These engineers are often involved with supply-chain management and the improvement and overseeing of manufacturing processes. They are vital to every large corporation and most smaller companies too. Efficiency is their game.

7. Mechanical Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $58,392

Mechanical engineering also encompasses many aspects of engineering. Mechanical engineers study, and work, with the creation and use of machines and tools. In a more practical sense, they are involved in the design and analysis of engines, vehicles, robotics, HVAC systems and much, much more. Mechanical engineers have been important to our society since the Industrial Revolution, and have a hand in most aspects of our everyday life.

6. Electrical Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $59,074

I hope you believed me when I said this list was engineer-heavy. Electrical engineers deal with the transfer and use of electricity (I know, I know, it’s right there in the name) and electromagnetism. The area of study incorporates the large-scale electricity transfers and small-scale things, such as electronic circuits in computing technology. As you can imagine, this degree involves intense study of the physics of electricity.

5. Computer Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $60,879

Computer engineering represents a cross between electrical engineering and computer science (more on that later). They work often in all aspects of computer-design, from microprocessors up through supercomputers. They get a background in both how a computer works and how “the pieces fit together” to make a working electronic device, making them invaluable while designing new aspects of computing.

4. Computer Science

Average Entry-Level Salary: $61,205

Computer science represents the analysis, improvement, implementation, and problems revolving around computing. A lot of the field is heavily-invested in problem solving, figuring out how to automate, and all aspects behind that. This field encompasses not only computer programming, but also more abstract parts such as computational complexity theory.

3. Mining & Mineral Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $64,552

As you can guess, this field involves the analysis and improvement of mining, mining technology, and mining methods. Most mining involves ore or coal, but it can also include other things, like precious medals.

2. Chemical Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $65,142

Chemical engineers study how to change raw materials and chemicals using science and mathematics, in a general sense, and scaling up small chemical reactions into large-scale ones that can be taken advantage of. Think back to your high school chemistry class. Take everything you learned there, and imagine ratcheting up the complexity a few orders of magnitude and using that knowledge in the research and development lab of an energy company.

1. Petroleum Engineering

Average Entry-Level Salary: $86,220

Petroleum engineers focus on technologies for the discovery and extraction of petroleum from the ground. This petroleum is then refined into the different forms of gas we use everyday. Petroleum engineering overlaps a lot with chemical engineering, and it’s not surprising that energy companies would pay good money to improve this process.