If I Want to Be in the Top One Percent of Wage Earners, What Should I Study in College?

What should you major in as an undergraduate if you want the highest possibility of getting rich?

The short answer is: Life Sciences in general. Pre-med programs in particular.

The Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, summarized in a New York Times’ Economix blog post lists these as the concentrations most likely to land you in among the top 1% of wage earners:

  • Health and Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Economics
  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Zoology
  • Biology
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Physiology
  • Art History and Criticism
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Area, Ethnic and Civilization Studies
  • Finance
  • History
  • Business Economics
  • Miscellaneous Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Miscellaneous Biology