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Top-paying jobs for the Class of 2011

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I am sure you are getting a lot of High School Graduation Invations right now. It made me wonder what all of these young minds are going to go out into the world and do with themselves. I found a list of the top-paying jobs for the class of 2011 on msn.com, writen by Kaitlin Madden, at CareerBuilders. Full list after the jump!

1. Chemical engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $66,886

2. Computer science

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $63,017

3. Mechanical engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $60,739

4. Electrical/electronics and communications engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $60,646

5. Computer engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $60,112

6. Industrial/manufacturing engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $58,549

7. Systems engineering

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $57,497

8. Engineering technology

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $57,176

9. Information sciences and systems

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $56,868

10. Business systems networking/ telecommunications

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $56,808

For those who aren’t graduating with an engineering or computer science degree, however, not all hope for a high salary is lost. There are other majors that can expect offers of more than $50,000 per year. Here are 10 more degrees that will pull in the big bucks.

1. Nursing

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $55,774

2. Mathematics

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $55,300

3. Economics

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $54,634

4. Management information systems/ business data processing

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $$54,372

5. Finance

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $53,048

6. Agricultural sciences (not including plant science, animal science or conservation majors)

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $52,934

7. Human resources

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $52,532

8. Logistics/materials management

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $50,602

9. Accounting

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $50,316

10. Liberal arts and sciences/general studies

Average annual salary offer to 2011 grads: $50,313

Unfortunately, not all new graduates can expect high salaries right away. Those who might have delayed gratification when it comes to compensation include students who majored in elementary and secondary education, communications, journalism, social work, visual and performing arts, plant sciences and animal sciences — all degrees with an average starting salary of $35,000 or less.

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