Three answers:

Jared Chung Founder at BACKER
Boston, MA Nonprofit management Last updated Jan 25 '12 at 09:37

What is best is not necessarily what makes the most money. However, if you want to focus on compensation, then I would say that getting a degree in finance would likely give you a higher income straight out of college than a degree accounting, marketing, operations, or other business majors. That assumes that you are among the best performers in your class, and you get a job at a top-firm.

However, I must caution you to consider that you will likely have better performance if you are interested in the topic you're studying, so don't go into finance ONLY because it makes money. Go into a field because you find it interesting. If you want to learn more about finance, I might suggest a question like "What are the types of things you learn in a finance degree?" or "In layman's terms, what does finance really mean?"


Luke Kelly Senior Revenue Accountant at Zynga
San Francisco Bay Area Accounting Last updated Apr 24 at 14:24

Various business degrees lead to great careers in business following school, but I would recommend focusing on what specific degree you enjoy and are most successful at. Rather than look at the salaries of the various majors, it will be beneficial to understand why you want to pursue a particular field. In the long run, choosing the highest paying job immediately after school (ie finance or accounting) will not necessarily lead to long-term personal and financial success. Best of luck in your decision!


Gary Petito Sales Support Analyst/Virtual Trainer
Harlingen, Texas Area Information Technology and Services, Franchise Owner, Commercial Cleaning Business, Recruiter/Career Counselor Last updated Apr 24 at 15:23

Found this link for you, good information on the top 10 business degrees by salary...I would also agree with the other 2 answers you have above, you may get paid a lot of money in another field but in the long run, it is better to do something you enjoy. Good luck! The Top 10 Highest Paying Degrees in Business A business degree is a significant investment. The key to maximizing that investment is knowing which areas within business pay the highest salaries. Here are the Highest Paying Business Degrees based upon the most recent jobs information available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.


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