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Which College Grads Make the Most Money

Which College Grads Make the Most Money

April 12, 2011

Happiest: Business Owners

According to a Gallup poll that surveyed more than 100,000 working Americans, business owners score highest in 6 areas of contentment, winning the title of “happiest” professionals. The specific type of business owned (from plumbing companies to jewelry design businesses) seemed less important than the freedom and control associated with self-employment. Meanwhile, those Midas touch engineers – housed under the category of “professionals,” along with lawyers, doctors, teachers, nurses, accountants, computer programmers, architects, bankers, marketers and artists – still maintained good rankings. “Professionals” out-scored all others when it came to the Life Evaluation sub-index, but lagged notably in the Work Environment sub-index, which reflects how satisfied professionals are with their jobs, the degree to which their jobs exercise their strengths, and their relationships with workplace supervisors.

Most Earth Friendly: ?

This one’s far too subjective to call. You might make a case for green architecture/design students, oceanography students, environmental studies majors, or even sustainable management students. It could also be argued that graduates from online colleges are doing the most to curb pollution and greenhouse emissions. But of course, the over-achieving engineers have a stake in this category too, as one Swarthmore engineering major impressively demonstrates.