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College Beat: Career Salary Research


As a college student, it is wise to prepare and plan for your future. If you are already furthering your education, congrats, because you are on the right path.

As a part of planning for the future, you may want to research the career you are pursuing by looking up the pay, the responsibilities and the employment availability. Do some investigating and see if there are even job openings in your town, where you might be willing to relocate (if needed) and also see what your budget will look like.

Here are some examples of career salaries from the National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. Some of these numbers are from 2013, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and from the StudentsReview site. Feel free to do more research for 2015; some of these numbers shouldn’t be dramatically different.


Job Titles and Annual Salaries

Food Service Manager (Restaurant Business): $53,130
Lodging Manager: $55,810
Athlete, Sports Competitor: $74,000 and up
Education Administrators (Elementary and Secondary School): $90,670
Emergency Management Director: $67,150
Airline Pilot, Copilot, Flight Engineer: $140,380
Anthropologist/Archaeologist: $52,000-$81,490
Biochemist/Biophysicist: $80,000-$129,000 (approximately)
Human Resources Worker: $60,760
Art Director: $135,090 (approximately)
Drama, Art, Music Teachers: $58,000-$94,270
Artist: $48,000-$88,430
Design, Media, Sports, Entertainment Careers: $46,000-$82,000
Tax Preparer: $43,350 (approximately)
Computer Software Engineers/Systems Software: $87,000-$125,750
Financial Analyst: $91,620 (approximately)
Court Reporter: $48,000-$77,770
Astronomer: $95,000
Athletic Trainer: $38,000-$57,580
Dental Assistant: $30,000-$43,000
Dental Hygienist: $62,000-$86,530
Dentist: $108,000 (approximately)
Engineer: $94,000 (approximately)

To look up additional careers or salaries, see the source links below.

[Sources: studentsreview.com/salary.shtml, bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00-0000]



I am praying for you all! I believe in you! You can do whatever you have in your heart to do. Always remember it is not about how much you make, but how much you love what you do! Also, pray and ask God to order your steps and see what God’s will is for your life by reading His Word and asking a role model of yours who knows you personally!



PI Girls, what do YOU want to do for your career? If you are in college, what is your major/minor?


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Zell on March 26, 2015 at 21:56

    I really want to become a pharmacologist. But since I just started high school it might be to early to decide

  2. StayAnchored

    Posted by StayAnchored on February 16, 2015 at 10:22

    I am planning on being a dental hygienist! I specifically want to be a pediatric dental hygienist! I have always loved going to the dentist and I want others kiddos to enjoy it as well. 🙂

  3. Willa

    Posted by Willa on February 16, 2015 at 07:24

    I am already a senior in college at Lancaster Bible College. It is a wonderful school; I could not imagine myself going anywhere else. And my major is Children and Family Ministries.

  4. GloryofGod77

    Posted by GloryofGod77 on February 15, 2015 at 18:02

    Lord-willing, I will become a nurse. I am already working towards finishing a year of college in high school. After I get my degree, I am thinking about joining a medical missions team because I love traveling! I am not 100% sure what God’s plan is for my life, but I am pretty confident that I should go into the medical field. 🙂

  5. Lostinthesound

    Posted by Lostinthesound on February 15, 2015 at 17:47

    I think the education one really depends on where you live and what kind of school you teach at. None of the teachers where I live make 90k a year….. more like between 35 and 50k.
    The only people making up to 50k have been there 25 years or more.

  6. His_Beloved3

    Posted by His_Beloved3 on February 15, 2015 at 15:16

    Im going to be graduating high school in 5 months, and Im planning on starting at community college but my heart longs for the mission field. I would love any prayer support for the next place God would have me go <3

  7. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on February 15, 2015 at 07:17

    Man I hate money sometimes. I want to be an actor. I’m supposed to be an actor. I will be an actor. But man, will I be broke. The things I do for love.