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The most popular college major for both men and women, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s latest figures, is business. In 2008 business degrees were awarded to 21% of the 1.6 million graduates who received a bachelor’s. And women received nearly half (49%) of those practical business degrees.
However, men still dominate many of the majors with the highest earning potential. Engineering ranks at No. 3 on the list of men’s most popular majors, and 83.2% of students in the major are men. Meanwhile, it is absent from women’s top-10 list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the field of engineering to grow 11% by 2018 and estimates it pays an average $132,000 to the top 10% of workers.