6 College Degrees Worth Every Last Penny

6 degrees worth every last penny

Student loan debt is rising, and this is causing many people to question whether earning a college degree is really worth it. However, there are many degrees that are definitely worth the money that people invest in them. Below are some of the college degrees that are worth every last penny:


If you love numbers and solving complex problems, then you may want to consider earning a degree in math. One of the many great things about earning a math degree is that you have a variety of career options available. Some of those options include aerospace engineer, statistician and teacher. The average salary for a person with a mathematics degree is about $56,000 per year, and it can rise to $101,000 by the midpoint of one’s career. Keep in mind if you plan on teaching mathematics at the college or university level, you will need to acquire a Ph.D.

Information Technology

Technology is changing our world, and computers are used in just about every profession. That is why information technology is definitely a worthwhile degree. You also have a variety of great career options, such as an information technology manager, business intelligence specialist, and web applications developer. Additionally, many people with an information technology degrees are making over $100,000 per year.

Human Resources

People who work in human resources are considered to be the gatekeepers of an organization. Their job duties include things such as managing the firing and hiring process, reviewing resumes, and creating policies that make employees happier and more efficient. Human resource managers, recruiting managers, and compensation and benefits managers are some of the jobs that are commonly held by people with a degree in human resources. Many people who work in human resources are making over $90,000 per year.  In most cases to earn this salary, you’ll need to become a human resources manager which requires an advanced degree.

Business Management

Even though business is a very popular field, many people are still asking “What is a business management degree?” A business management degree opens the door to many great career options. If you have a business management degree, then you can potentially own and manage your own company. You also have the option of managing an international company. The salary for a person with a degree in business management can range from about $46,000 to over $100,000. You will need to gain a master of business if you plan on earning anything near the higher spectrum of this pay scale.


Nurses are professionals who coordinate and provide care for patients. They may also educate patients about various conditions and provide support for patients and their families. The nursing profession is growing much faster than the national average, which is why it is a great choice for people who are interested in working in health care. The salary for a registered nurse averages out to about 65,500 per year.

[Read more about the jobs that will increase your nursing salary.]


Teachers open the door to all other professions. There would be no business professionals, attorneys, or doctors without teachers. Most teachers find their profession to be very rewarding because they love helping people learn.  A teacher’s average salary is:

  • $52,840 for kindergarten teachers
  • $56,630 for middle school teachers
  • $58,260 for high school teachers

[For the highest salaries, earn an advanced degree in education.]

Many college graduates struggle to find employment, and they also have a lot of student loan debt. This is why many wonder whether getting a degree is really worth it. However, education, math, nursing, information technology, business management, and human resources are college degrees that are worth every penny.

Do you know someone making a living with any of these degrees? Share with our readers in the comments below.

best college majors for undecided studentsKarleia Steiner is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her daughters.

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  1. Shaun Jan 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    What about Communications?

    • Diane Thomas Jan 20, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      Great point, Shaun. Every industry needs good communicators – business, health care, engineering, sports, etc.
      The question becomes which communications jobs lead to the best salaries? Any opinions out there?

  2. MAC Jan 26, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Idk..I have a good amount of friends who teach elementary and middle schools and don’t make anywhere near that amount. They struggle so much for the work they do, it seems ridiculous.

    • Diane Thomas Jan 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The lowest 10 percent [of middle school teachers] earned less than $36,740, and the top 10 percent earned more than $82,190..” The median wage in 2012 was $53,430 . There are definitely regional differences as well as differences in population areas, and years on the job.