For some, the best careers are the ones that rake in the biggest paycheck. For others, the best careers are the ones that make the world a better place.
Choosing a college major that leads to a fulfilling career isn’t easy. Salary potential and job opportunity should not be overlooked, but majors that lead to careers that involve directly helping people are perceived as the most meaningful.
PayScale recently shared the Most Meaningful College Majorsas part of their 2015-2016 College Salary Report. Here are some highlights from Payscale’s list:
The major that leads to the most meaningful work is Medical Laboratory Science. 97% of workers that chose this major say that their work makes the world a better place.
Cell and Molecular Biology is #29 on the list. The most popular city for careers in Cell & Molecular Biology is Boulder, Colorado.
Medical Laboratory Science (#1), Respiratory Care (#3), Clinical Laboratory Science (#3), Nursing (#6), Dental Hygiene (#7) and Diagnostic Medical Sonography (#8) all have salaries above $60,000.
Petroleum Engineering is the highest-paying major but 71% of workers that chose this major still report high job meaning. The most popular school for Petroleum Engineering majors is the University of Texas at Austin.
When it comes to selecting a college major and following a career path, choose what makes you happy. Meaning and money are both attainable.