While many students choose a college major based on their personal likes and interests, others choose a major at least in part based on their desired career, or potential for a long-term financial return.

Despite the downside of taking on massive debt to attend college (according to government statistics, more than 71 percent of students graduating from four-year colleges had college debt--with an average debt of $37,172 per student) the unemployment rate for college graduates with a bachelor's degree is about half that of those without a college degree.

Glassdoor just released its list of the highest paying college majors--here are the top 25, along with the median base salary of each:

1. Computer Science: $70,000

2. Electrical Engineering: $68,438

3. Mechanical Engineering: $68,000

4. Chemical Engineering: $65,000

5. Industrial Engineering: $64,381

6. Information Technology: $64,008

7. Civil Engineering: $61,500

8. Statistics: $60,000

9. Nursing: $58,928

10. Management Information Systems: $58,000

11. Finance: $54,900

12. Mathematics: $54,018

13. Biomedical Engineering: $52,814

14. Accounting: $52,000

15. Economics: $52,000

16. Physics: $50,000

17. Biotechnology: $50,000

18. Architecture: $50,000

19. Fashion Design: $50,000

20. Business: $47,850

21. International Relations: $45,880

22. Graphic Design: $45,846

23. Marketing: $45,475

24. English: $45,000

25. Political Science: $45,000

Published on: Oct 17, 2016
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