Accounting, Engineering, and Computer Science Salaries on the Rise

In the Spring 2010 issue of Salary Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) announced that starting salaries for accounting, finance, engineering and compute science majors are on the rise. This is in the face of decreases in starting salary offers for other recent graduates who majored in business administration, marketing, or liberal arts.

So what does this all mean for you? If you’re majoring in one of the following majors, or thinking about studying one of the following majors, here’s exactly how much extra money you can expect to have in your pocket after you sign that starting contract:

Accounting Salaries: Up.4 percent to $48,575
How to start an Accounting Career:
Accountants provide valuable services to individuals, independent businesses, and large corporations alike. An accounting degree will help teach you everything you need to know for this career, and prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Computer Science Salaries: Up 4.7 percent to $60,426
How to Start a Computer Science Career:
If you spend any part of your day working on a computer, you know how invaluable computer science professionals are. As computers become more and more integral to our daily lives, the opportunities for this career path are endless.

Chemical Engineering Salaries: Up 1.6 percent to $66,437
How to Start a Chemical Engineering Career:
If you loved playing with your chemical set as a child, you might enjoy a career as a chemical engineer. These professionals combine physical sciences, such as chemistry, with life sciences and math to produce some of the most valuable materials and chemical processes of our time. To get started, you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Visit our Bachelor’s degree programs page for information on Bachelor’s degree programs.

Civil Engineering Salaries: Up 1.3 percent to $52,443
How to Start a Civil Engineering Career:
Next time you drive over a bridge, pass under an underpass, or head to the airport, remember this: all of these structures are the work of civil engineers. A civil engineering degree will teach you how to study different environments and build structures that will survive the elements (and be completed on time and on budget).

Electrical Engineering Salaries: Up 3 percent to $59,326
How to Start an Electrical Engineering Career:
To become an electrical engineer, you’ll need to know how to build, test and develop the hottest new electronic items and devices. A Bachelor’s degree in engineering will get you on your way. Visit our Bachelor’s degree programs page for information on Bachelor’s degree programs.

Finance Salaries: Up 1.6 percent to $50,546
How to Start a Finance Career:
A finance degree can open the door to careers in financial analysis, financial auditing, and business. To find finance careers and degree programs, visit our financial analyst career profile.