10 Most Profitable College Degrees for Black Students

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

According to the findings of philosopher and college professor Dr. Mark Hebert, only 30 percent of the U.S. population attends college. Out of this percentage, the smaller portion is African Americans. With this in mind, one can easily understand the value of having a college degree. Although having a college diploma certainly has advantages, it is interesting to observe that many college graduates today are still having a heck of a time procuring employment. Do not let these facts be a deterrent, however. There are some college degrees that are more likely to lead to successful careers for African Americans. Black Enterprise published this list of 10 highest-paying college degrees for African Americans:

  1. Computer Networking and Telecommunications: $54,000 avg.
  2. Medical Technologies Technicians: $55,000 avg.
  3. Architecture:  $55,000 avg.
  4. Management Information Systems and Statistics: $56,000 avg.
  5.  Nursing: $60,000 avg.
  6. General Engineering: $60,000 avg.
  7. Computer Science: $61,000 avg.
  8. Information Sciences:  $65,000 avg.
  9. Mechanical Engineering:  $65,000 avg.
  10. Electrical Engineering: $68,000 avg.
If you are looking to reap great benefits from a college degree, you might want to consider one of the majors listed above. Although these economic hard times can make a college degree seem less worthwhile,  there are some degree that are more advantageous than others.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.
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5 responses to “10 Most Profitable College Degrees for Black Students

  1. So the within the top 10 highest paying Jobs for us we are making $68,000 average! Really? Thats it?? Better than nothing and not trying to be negative but anyone can make that easily out of college if you find the right job.. I would just think that the top 10 Highest would have been in the 6 digits.. Guess we still have a long way to go!!! Motivation to get my masters!!! ASAP!!

  2. Did Black Enterprise elaborate on what criteria was used to come up with this list? What makes these professions better for African-Americans? How are they defining a successful career? Seems like we are really getting low-balled with this list! And btw, they forgot Pharmacists $111,000 avg. I think its an EXCELLENT career for African-Americans!

    • They did not do too much elaboration. You are right about the figures. We are getting low-balled. B.E. said nursing is the only profession in which whites on average did not earn more than blacks. As I always say, we’ll always be black in America.

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