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9. Materials Engineering

Average starting salary: $59,826

About 37 percent of people with materials-engineering majors obtain a graduate degree," according to a recent "What's it Worth" report by Jeff Strohl.

"Most of these engineering specific jobs are some of the few jobs in the U.S. economy that actually have circular tracks almost directly tied to the occupation," Strohl adds.

Materials engineers work with specific material, such as plastics, ceramics, and steel, to find new ways to use products. Although students actively pursue careers in engineering, not all stay in it.

"A BS in engineering also serves as a foundation for lawyers and doctors. It demonstrates that the individual is a critical thinker capable of focusing and solving problems," Vizzini says.