College degrees in computer science, nursing, management information systems, software engineering and statistics are some of the most lucrative options, based on Kiplinger's 2014 to 2015 rankings of college majors. Finance, economics and civil engineering degrees also rank highly.
As of 2015, computer science graduates have some of the best job outlooks because software developers and computer and information research specialists are in high demand, according to Kiplinger's data. A typical starting salary in this field is about $59,800. Graduates in management information systems ranked the second highest, with a typical starting salary of about $53,800. Earning a degree in this field involves taking a broad range of classes in subjects such as programming, psychology, business and project management.