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Submitted by Sandra Porter on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 1:53pm
Many of us are told that if we care about making a good living, we should avoid majoring biology. What they didn't say is that we should consider majoring in biotech or environmental technology.
California recently posted the SalarySurfer web site to make it easy for students to learn about the average salaries earned by community college graduates with different types of degrees.
Looking at different kinds of Biological Science degrees, we see that students who complete two year degrees in biotechnology or biomedical technology earn an average of $44,562 two years after they graduate, while students majoring in biology only earn an average of $27,722 per year. Students who earn a certificate make almost as much two years after graduating as students with two year biology degrees.
It's interesting to see what other areas pay as well. If we choose environmental sciences and technologies, we find that these students are earning an average of $58,000 a year, two years after graduating.
We can also learn which colleges offer these degrees by clicking the tiny + sign next to the subject name.
The site has good information, but it would have been even more interesting if California had included data from students who attended four colleges and Universities.