Worst paying jobs: helping kids and teaching about God

According to a new list of the 20 Worst Paying College Degrees in 2010, most of the least profitable careers involve helping children/families or teaching about God. That says just wonderful things about our priorities as a society. (Instead of going into theological education and elementary education, maybe my wife and I should have majored in music and art history. Apparently we would have made more money.)

Here’s the full list:

Worst-Paying College Degrees in 2010
College Degree Starting Pay Mid-Career Pay
1. Child and Family Studies $29,500 $38,400
2. Elementary Education $31,600 $44,400
3. Social Work $31,800 $44,900
4. Athletic Training $32,800 $45,700
5. Culinary Arts $35,900 $50,600
6. Horticulture $35,000 $50,800
7. Paralegal Studies/Law $35,100 $51,300
8. Theology $34,700 $51,300
9. Recreation & Leisure $33,300 $53,200
10. Special Education $36,000 $53,800
11. Dietetics $40,400 $54,200
12. Religious Studies $34,700 $54,400
13. Art $33,500 $54,800
14. Education $35,100 $54,900
15. Interdisciplinary Studies $35,600 $55,700
16. Interior Design $34,400 $56,600
17. Nutrition $42,200 $56,700
18. Graphic Design $35,400 $56,800
19. Music $36,700 $57,000
20. Art History $39,400 $57,100

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 12, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. The only change I wish for is that most people could live on a single income. It’s a bit depressing to see that all at once, heh.

    • What do you mean? Any family can live on a single income. Assuming, of course, that it’s much larger than these.

      • I meant on one of the incomes listed above. It’s possible, but not easy.

      • I completely understand. My wife and I lasted for quite a while on either one youth pastor salary (while she was in grad school) or one elementary teacher salary (while I was in grad school). But we only made it because we had help from grandparents.

  2. I notice that my major, “Creative Writing” was not listed. Maybe because it doesn’t pay at all?

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