Is this chart surprising?
I was an Arts (English) and Psychology (Neuroscience) major, so I clearly didn’t choose the most lucrative fields. (And I contemplated a philosophy minor…) For me, the most surprising aspect of the chart (and it’s still not that surprising) was the payoff of practicality. The best paying sciences, like chemistry, computer science and engineering, are also the ones with the most direct applications to the real world. Clearly, the only reason to pursue the path of pure knowledge (aka basic science, comp lit and metaphysics) is for the sake of knowledge. Plus, it’s more fun to get drunk as an undergrad and talk about Nietzsche than it is to discuss benzene rings and organic chemistry.