The most (and least) lucrative degrees in Ontario

Pity the poor arts grad

Dentist photo by ^@^ina on Flickr.

The new Council of Ontario Universities’ study of the 2008 graduating class reveals big differences in what graduates were making two years after tossing their mortarboards in the air. Below are the average salaries reported by nearly 20,000 Ontario graduates in 2010, from highest paid to lowest paid. In parentheses are the employment rates two years after graduation. It’s clear that people with plain old humanities, arts and biology degrees are in lower demand and get paid less than those with more specialized degrees.

$98,333—Dentistry (100.0)
$92,667—Pharmacy (98.6)
$89,091—Optometry (100.0)
$72,452—Law (94.4)
$71,410—Veterinary Medicine (97.6)
$67,256—Medicine (99.3)
$62,865—Nursing (99.0)
$60,548—Engineering (94.9)
$58,587—Computer Science (95.8)
$56,117—Mathematics (91.6)
$53,643—Other Health Professions (93.9)
$52,276—Business and Commerce (94.9)
$50,760—Other Arts and Science (92.6)
$49,469—Average Graduate Salary
$47,857—Therapy and Rehabilitation (96.0)
$46,765—Education (95.8)
$45,427—Physical Sciences (93.7)
$45,104—Food Science and Nutrition (93.8)
$43,468—Social Sciences (92.5)
$42,181—Agricultural and Biological Sciences (89.9)
$43,571—Journalism (95.2)
$42,000—Forestry (100.0)
$41,667—Architecture and Landscape Architecture (96.4)
$38,407—Humanities (90.9)
$35,000—Theology (100.0)
$34,653—Fine and Applied Arts (93.5)

Click here for a list of the Top 10 most (and least) lucrative degrees in the United States.

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