Following your passion is great, but no one wants to struggle to pay the bills after graduating from college. That’s why for some students it’s important to avoid majors that traditionally don’t pay well. A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identified a list of college degrees that place African Americans at the lowest end of the pay scale. Following our look at the highest paying degrees for African Americans, here’s a look at the majors most likely to leave your wallet a little lighter.
No. 9. Mass Media
Those in mass media often work as news analysts, reporters, and correspondents. African American mass media degree holders earn an average salary of $40,000, while White Americans with the same degree earn an average salary of $47,000.
No. 8. Liberal Arts
Similar to mass media and elementary education degree holders, African Americanliberal arts degree holders earn an average salary of $40,000. White American liberal arts degree holders, however, can expect an average of $50,000.
No. 7. Physical Fitness Parks Recreation and Leisure
Graduates with this degree work in careers in which they help others improve their quality of life through leisure activities. Their primary job is to provide recreational services to the public. African Americans with this degree earn an average of $39,000, while Whites with the same degree earn an average salary of $44,000.
No. 6. Fine Arts
Graduates work as painters, sculptors, and illustrators. African Americans with this degree can expect an average salary of $38,000, while Whites with the same degree can expect $46,000.
No. 3. Family and Consumer Sciences
This field of study combines the natural and social sciences. The relationship between individuals, families, communities, and their environments is analyzed. African American graduates with this degree receive an average salary of $37,000, while Whites receive $38,000.
No. 2. Early Childhood Education
African Americans with a degree in early childhood education earn an average salary of $35,000, while Whites earn an average of $36,000.
No. 1. General Medical and Health Services
College graduates with this degree often work as health information managers, clinical managers, and nursing home administrators. Among the list of lowest-paying jobs, the greatest disparity in pay seems to occur in this line of work. African Americans with this degree earn an average salary of $32,000, while White Americans earn an average salary of $50,000.