There is the old saying, "Social Science: elaborate demonstration of the obvious by methods that are obscure." This NYTimes article validates the above: if you were asked which degree was worth more in the real world, an engineering degree, or one in counseling.... ...obvious answer, eh? But it also validates the idea that some sort of striving for 'equality' is sophomoric...as there are as many differences in people as there are choices. But here is the article: "Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major By JACQUES STEINBERG As the cost of college climbs ever higher each year, amid a national economic forecast that remains cloudy, questions about the value of a four-year degree are being raised with increased urgency. The latest piece of evidence to become part of that debate is a report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Its seductive title: Whats it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. The good news? While there is a lot of variation in earnings over a lifetime, the center said in a press release, the authors find that all undergraduate majors are worth it, even taking into account the cost of college and lost earnings. And yet, for those applicants to college seeking the most bang for their buck at least as defined as maximizing their lifetime earnings the authors used census data to conclude that the top majors as ranked by highest median earnings included petroleum engineer ($120,000), pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences ($105,000) and mathematics and computer sciences ($98,000). The lowest? Counseling/psychology ($29,000), early childhood education ($36,000) and theology/religious vocations ($38,000.)" Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major - NYTimes.com Check out the interactive graph, linked in the article.