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About 70% of high school graduates enroll in universities to pursue a college degree and with the rising costs of education, picking the right course to take up should be a priority and knowing which ones offers the most lucrative jobs can help you decide which one it's going to be.

Last Monday, job hunting site Glassdoor released its 2016 report of which college majors pay the highest starting salaries.

Glassdoor analyzed 500,000 unique resumes with self-reported income to determine which majors paid the most 5 years after graduation. Most of the fields on the list are in STEM - engineering, technology, computer science and information technology and the rest of the list is populated with business-related fields such as accounting and marketing.

According to Glassdoor's Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain "If college students want to land a high-paying job after graduation, they should strongly consider majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. STEM majors are in demand by the technology and health industries, which offer higher paying jobs that are better protected from competition or automation."

Take a look at the top 50 highest paying college majors from Glassdoor's list:

1. Computer Science

2. Electrical Engineering

3. Mechanical Engineering

4. Chemical Engineering

5. Industrial Engineering

6. Information Technology

7. Civil Engineering

8. Statistics

9. Nursing

10. Management Information Systems

11. Finance

12. Mathematics

13. Biomedical Engineering

14. Accounting

15. Economics

16. Physics

17. Biotechnology

18. Architecture

19. Fashion Design

20. Business

21. International Relations

22. Graphic Design

23. Marketing

24. English

25. Political Science

26. History

27. Human Resources

28. Journalism

29. Advertising

30. Philosophy

31. Environmental Science

32. Social Science

33. Spanish

34. Communications

35. Interior Design

36. Chemistry

37. Music

38. Film Studies

39. Public Relations

40. Sports Management

41. Education

42. Anthropology

43. Hospitality Management  

44. Biochemistry

45. Liberal Arts

46. Psychology

47. Sociology

48. Healthcare Administration

49. Social Work

50. Biology

Whether you're still in high school figuring out your next move, have already started college and is seriously considering shifting majors, or have decided to put college on hold, we hope this sheds a light in your search.

Glassdoor's findings is consistent with the results found by Georgetown University Researchers. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of The Washington Post wrote, "Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that the top 25 percent of earners with education degrees can expect to make as much as the bottom 25 percent of people with engineering degrees, even mid-career. An advanced degree will improve an educator's prospects, but not enough to narrow the wage gap with engineers, the study said."

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