College is an important investment that comes with the hope of a better, richer life. But some experts worry
the value of a bachelor’s degree might be disappearing. Starting salaries for new college graduates in the United
States have grown less than 1% over the past two years, remaining at around $50,000. Worse yet: A decade after
leaving school, more than 1 in 5 graduates are working in a job that doesn’t even require a degree.
However, obtaining a diploma is almost always worth it in the long run, according to “The College Payoff,”
a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Bachelor’s degree holders
generally earn 84% more than those with just a high school diploma, the report said — and the higher the level of
educational achievement, the larger the payoff.
When broken down by areas of study, however, the difference is striking. Students who pursue a major
specifically in science, technology, engineering and math — collectively known as STEM disciplines — are
likely to earn the most overall. In addition to STEM, health and business majors are among the highest paying,
leading to average yearly wages that are higher at entry level and significantly greater over the course of a career
compared to liberal arts and humanities majors, the Georgetown Center found.
All in, the top-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more than the lowest-paying majors over a lifetime.
Of course, income isn’t the only consideration. After adding in satisfaction, stress level and job opportunities,
among other factors, jobs marketplace, ZipRecruiter found that the majors college students most regretted
choosing covered the arts and sciences. English, communications, biological sciences and law all made the list,
according to ZipRecruiter’s survey of more than 5,000 college graduates who were looking for a job. On the
upside, students who focused on computer science, business, engineering and health administration felt very good
about their choices, ZipRecruiter found.
“This generation, more than any other that came before it, is looking for work with purpose and meaning,”
said ZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel. “They are more aware of what their peers are doing” he added, and “it creates
a little bit of the ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ effect.”
【題組】46. What is the finding of “the College Report?”
(A) The value of college degree is disappearing.
(B) College degree is worth it eventually.
(C) College tuition is getting higher and higher.
(D) It’s getting hard to graduate from college.