(Note: If the visualisation doesn't fit your screen, try zooming out with ctrl + - / Cmd + -.)
Most people want a degree which will enable them to make a lot of money upon graduation. Here
are (almost) all the available degrees, sorted by the median salary received by students upon graduation.
This graph gives us the ranking of each university major, based on the median salary of graduates. It gives us a rough
sense of which majors have the highest pay, but it's somewhat hard to read. Let's take a more detailed
journey through this data. Scroll down when you are ready!
If you ever want to find out more about a bubble, just hover over it and a tooltip should appear.
(Data was provided by FiveThirtyEight, and originally sourced from the American Community Survey 2010-2012 Public Use Microdata Series)
Here, we have clustered the majors based on the broader category, of which there are 16 in total. The size
of the bubbles represent the median salary of graduates from the major.
When sorted like this, it's quite clear that engineering majors of all kinds have generally above-average median salaries.
On the other end, it appears that majors in the field of psychology on average have the lowest graduate salaries.
If we rearrange all the data points into a histogram format, the salary potential of engineering majors becomes even more stark, as almost all the points on the right of the graph are colored yellow, for engineering. As for all the other majors, they follow a fairly diverse yet tightly spaced distribution, with the modal class being salaries between $34,000 and $36,000.
Hopefully, this has helped you in deciding what major you hope to study. If you want to take a deeper look into the data for yourself, you can download
all the csv files here.
Special thanks to Jim Vallandingham for his article on creating scrolling visualisations using D3.js. All of the code associated with this project can be found on its Github page.
I've also produced a full write-up of how I made this over at my blog.