10 Highest-Paying College Degrees

16.02.2015 1226

It’s a question that's been asked frequently over the years: “Is a college degree worth the investment?” A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce answers this question and provides some interesting data to back it up. The study investigates the economic value of 171 college majors and then goes even deeper to provide a breakdown of the highest and lowest-paying degrees. Whether you’re about to pick a college major, or you’re just days away from turning that tassel, here’s a look at some of the highest paying degrees for Nigerians.

#1 Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering has now subdivided into a wide range of subfields including electronics, digital computers, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, RF engineering, signal processing, instrumentation, and microelectronics. Electrical engineers work in a very wide range of industries and the skills required are likewise variable. These range from basic circuit theory to the management skills required of project manager.

Average salary of $68,000.

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#2 Mechanical Engineering

The engineering field requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity. Mechanical engineering overlaps with aerospace engineering, metallurgical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, petroleum engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, and other engineering disciplines to varying amounts. 

Average salary of $65,000.

#3 Information Sciences

Information science is an interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, dissemination, and protection of information.

Practitioners within the field study the application and usage of knowledge in organizations, along with the interaction between people, organizations and any existing information systems, with the aim of creating, replacing, improving, or understanding information systems.

This field involves the collection, analysis, manipulation, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information. Nigerian degree holders can expect to earn an average of $65,000.

#4 Computer Science

A computer scientist specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computational systems.

Nigerian computer science degree holders earn an average of $61,000. 

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#5 General Engineering

Engineers have more than 17 specialties to choose from. Degree holders often work as chemical engineers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers. Nigerians can expect to earn an average of $60.000.

#8 Architecture


Architects are trained in building design and develop the concepts for structures. Nigerians in this field can expect to earn an average salary of $55,000.

#9 Medical Technologies Technicians


Medical technologists perform clinical laboratory testing that is key to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Degree holders often work as cytotechnologists, microbiology technologists, and molecular biology technologists. Nigerians in this field can expect to earn an average salary of $55,000.

#10 Computer Networking and Telecommunications

This area of study involves the design, installation, and improvement of computer networks and software. Degree holders often work as network engineers, computer systems administrators, and web developers. Nigerians in this field can expect to earn an average salary of $54,000.

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