News

Survey: Math, science grads earn top dollar

Survey: Math, science grads earn top dollar

GRADS:Overall, college grads reported lower unemployment rates compared to the national average at 6.7 percent. Photo: clipart.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey by the Department of Education suggests it may matter less whether your alma mater is public or private than what you study — math and science in particular earning recent graduates the most money.

The survey looked at the class of 2008 four years after they received their hard-earned bachelor’s degrees during one of the nation’s worst economic recessions.

Overall, college grads reported lower unemployment rates compared to the national average at 6.7 percent. College grads from private four-year schools earned about the same as those from public four-year schools, about $50,000 a year.

But while a paltry 16 percent of students took home degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, those who did averaged $65,000 a year compared to $49,500 of graduates of other degrees.

Recent Headlines

11 hours ago in Local

Granite City Man Convicted of Murder in 21-Month Old’s Death

gavel2

A Madison County jury deliberated for three hours Friday before finding 42-year-old John Holman III guilty.

11 hours ago in Local

North Mac Elementary School Evacuated After Strange Odor was Detected

school house clip art

No gas or carbon monoxide leaks were detected but a new temperature control system was installed in the building.

22 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers Honor Lincoln at Lincoln’s Tomb

2-12-16 Lincoln Tomb

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says a Republican like Abraham Lincoln is still someone for which we should place great honor.

23 hours ago in Local

Grant Encourages Better Farm Conservation

farm

If you're a farmer in the 21st Century, you're probably hearing about - if not practicing - "precision farming." And that extends to conservation practices, too.

1 day ago in Local

Rauner to Close Juvenile Prison

juvenile justice

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, near Peoria and the Quad Cities.