If you are a high school telling your college-bound students (and their parents) that you are preparing them for great careers, but they are not all taking chemistry, physics, precalculus and (better yet) calculus, then you are not telling them the truth…

…because you are not preparing them for almost all the careers in this plot of the top 25 college majors for salary.


Seventeen of these top 25 majors have the word “engineering” in them.  Physics is ranked 15th.  The list also includes applied math, computer science and statistics.  Even economics (two flavors of which are ranked 24th and 25th) requires a high level of mathematical skill.  And if you want to go into pharmacy, you’ll need to take physics in college.

So if you are telling your students and their parents that you are preparing them for great careers (or worse yet use the words “Career Academy” in your school’s name) and you are not making sure that all of your college-bound students take (and succeed at) chemistry, physics, precalculus and (preferably) calculus, then you have two choices.  First, you can stop telling people you are preparing them for great careers, because there is a huge gap in your program.  The second – and better – option is this:  Do the job you say you are doing and make sure your students head to college with the tools to succeed in the most lucrative college majors.

One more note on this issue:  If you are offering your students courses that have the word “engineering” in the titles but those students aren’t taking physics and calculus, you really need to confess it to a priest.  Now.  Before lightning strikes.

The data in the salary plot are taken from the report “Economic Value of College Majors” published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.



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