College Measures said students who majored in music, philosophy, photography and liberal arts generally had the lowest average salaries. Those with training in health sciences, especially nursing, had the highest pay, followed by business majors.
The non-profit organization based its report on data from Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. It looked at the impact of what schools students attended, their majors and what types of degrees they receive.
"Right choices can lead to good careers and high earnings, but wrong ones can leave graduates with mountains of debt and poor prospects of ever paying off their student loans," the group said.
The study also found that in some cases students who earn occupational certification rather than a bachelor's degree actually have higher earnings. Certifications that take a significant amount of time to complete -- a year or two years -- generally lead to higher pay than those involving a few months of study.
College Measures, based in Rockville, Md., describes itself as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving U.S. higher education and providing parents and students with the information they need to make informed choices.
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