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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:22 pm

Post-college outcomes for engineering, computer science, psych, business, bio majors

Based on enrollment and graduate amounts, the most popular degree programs at Oregon State University include mechanical engineering, computer science, biology, business administration and psychology.

Statistics on state starting salaries for graduates around the country range anywhere between $48,000 and $82,800, depending on their program of study.

As a more specific guide to popular majors at Oregon State, the following is a list of various degrees, which college they’re associated with and their expected salary ranges according to

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Department: College of Engineering

Salary Range: $49,536 to $106,631

Common Occupations: Mechanical engineer, manufacturing engineer, project manager

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Department: College of Engineering

Salary Range: $58,034 to $120,000

Common Occupations: Software engineer, software developer, web developer

Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Department: College of Liberal Arts

Salary Range: $40,431 to $55,000

Common Occupations: Case manager, human resources manager, administrative assistant

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Department: College of Business

Salary Range: $41,079 to $101,270

Common Occupations: Human resources manager, operations manager, executive assistant

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Department: College of Science

Salary Range: $30,201 to $208,592

Common Careers: Clinical laboratory scientist, quality assurance manager, high school teacher

Students are encouraged to research their fields of interests and to communicate with their department advisers regarding internships and other ways to build their portfolio for future employment.

As listed on the negotiations and salaries site, OSU Career Services also urges students to know trends in the fields they’re entering so they can more efficiently aim for the salary they deserve.

Sean Bassinger, news reporter

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