Thu, 17 May 2012 13:14:19 GMT | By Jenna Goudreau
The 15 most valuable college majors

The college majors that are worth it.

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According to PayScale's massive compensation database and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 15 college majors are the most valuable in terms of salary and career prospects. They are ranked by median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years' experience), percentage growth in pay and projected growth of job opportunities.

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