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Mar 05 2017
by Meghan Field

50 Majors With the Highest Job Satisfaction Ratings

By Meghan Field - Mar 05 2017
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Thinking about a major can be hard for college freshmen. Personally, I have already changed my major twice. I started as a kinesiology major and did not like where it would land me career wise so I switched to biology. After enduring a semester as a biology major, however, I realized that the classes were too regimented and that I wanted a major that would give me more flexibility in the medical field, so I decided to switch to bio-behavioral health. Now, I am the happiest that I could be. This major doesn’t lead me to one path. This major is a huge stepping stone to getting into graduate school for any type of allied health profession that I could want.

It’s tough for many college students to choose a major because they are looking for two things: wanting to get up happy every day going to work and making a lot of money. Unfortunately, those two ideals don’t always coincide. There are some majors that don’t allow for a plethora of jobs that are well paying and there are jobs that pay a lot of money that people don’t enjoy. It is all about preference. But in the long run, money can only buy happiness up to a certain point. According to Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, two men who researched when the threshold of money in terms of happiness stops in each state, the mean amount of money one needs to earn in the U.S. to be happy is $75,000.

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Now, here are the top 50 majors that allow for the highest percentage of happiness in terms of salary and overall satisfaction for 2016-2017, according to PayScale College Salary Report. The major, mid-salary pay and percent satisfaction are listed.

1. Medical Laboratory Science, $61,500, 93%

2. Pastoral Ministry, $50,500, 93%

3. Physical Therapy, $86,600, 89%

4. Practical Nursing, $58,100, 88%

5. Physician Assistant Studies, $103,000, 86%

6. Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 71,100, 83%

7. Exercise Physiology, $60,300, 83%

8. Nursing, $74,100, 83%

9. Respiratory Therapy, $62,900, 83%

10. Therapeutic Recreation, $47,700, 81%

11. Community Health Education, $55,200, 80%

12. Dietetics, $60,500, 80%

13. Dental Hygiene, $74,900, 79%

14. Environmental Health & Safety, $89,900, 79%

15. Food & Nutrition, $58,700, 79%

16. Health, $60,700, 79%

17. Human Services, $44,600, 78%

18. Medical Laboratory Technology, $64,000, 78%

19. Social Work, $46,700, 78%

20. Athletic Training, $51,900, 76%

21. Biomedical Engineering, $104,000, 75%

22. Child Development, $42,500, 75%

23. Clinical Laboratory Science, $62,700, 75%

24. Early Childhood Education, $37,500, 75%

25. Music Teacher Education, $55,600, 74%

26. Special Education, $51,500, 73%

27. Early Childhood & Elementary Education, $41,900, 73%

28. Environmental Biology, $70,400, 73%

29. Exercise Science, $54,700, 73%

30. Civil & Environmental Engineering, $91,100, 72%

31. Elementary Education, $48,900, 72%

32. Occupational Health & Safety, $82,100, 72%

33. Landscape Architecture, $74,000, 71%

34. Structural Engineering, $104,000, 71%

35. Youth Ministry, $48,400, 71%

36. Biblical Studies, $49,400, 70%

37. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, $97,500, 70%

38. Healthcare Management, $55,500, 70%

39. Microbiology, $79,300, 70%

40. Molecular Biology, $90,100, 70%

41. Health Sciences, $62,600, 69%

42. Agronomy, $74,400, 68%

43. Bible Studies & Theology, $50,400, 68%

44. Business & Healthcare Management, $62,500, 68%

45. Business Management & Human Resources Management, $72,500, 68%

46. General Science, $72,600, 68%

47. Health Care Administration, $59,900, 68%

48. Kinesiology, $61,800, 68%

49. Radiologic Technology, $66,000, 68%

50. Theology, $51,200, 68%

I hope you all find your passion through your major and subsequently figure out what job will make you the happiest. I would love to be a physician assistant in psychiatry some day and that is something I can see myself waking up to and doing every day. College is a time to explore all of your passions and learn what you would like to do once you graduate!

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Meghan Field - Pennsylvania State University

Meghan is a sophomore at Penn State - University Park. She's from Hershey, PA. She is going to major in Biobehavioral Health and Psychology with a minor in Global Health. She has been dancing her whole life and has always had an interest in writing and anything science related. Instagram is @meghanfield.

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