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  • 13 charts that explain why your college major matters

    Vox - 10/07/2014

    Many of the best-paid majors also turn out to be majors that are predominantly male. Looking at wages as the consequence of major alone, and not the result of trends in the broader economy, can miss the point. Women actually make more, on average, as nursing majors than as finance majors, although charts that only show majors would make you believe the opposite. “A male English major makes the same as a female math major, and a female economics major makes less than a male history major,” writes Ben Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University. “So the next time you see someone arguing that only fools major in art history, remind them that the real thing holding back most English majors in the workplace isn’t their degree but systemic discrimination against their sex in the American economy.”

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