It's no surprise that a college major could determine whether you're rolling in cash or cobbling together multiple part-time jobs after graduation.
But which degrees really rake in the dough? And which doom you to eating ramen noodles for years?
A new survey found -- surprise! -- that science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors earn the highest starting salaries, handily beating their classmates studying liberal arts. In some cases, so-called stem majors are approaching or even outpacing those with business degrees.
Engineering majors saw a 3.9% rise in their starting salaries from 2011 to 2012, with six engineering specialties ranking among the top 10 at the bachelor's level. Graduates who specialized in aerospace engineering enjoyed the biggest jump, increasing 8.3% to $64,000, according to the survey by the National Assn. of Colleges and Employers.
"This is not surprising since the supply of these graduates is low, but the demand for them is high," said Marilyn Mackes, the group's executive director.