Want to earn more money? Study STEM.

My colleague Peter Whoriskey, a math major, made a big splash last spring with a story that cited groundbreaking research by Georgetown University economist Anthony Carnevale. He showed that STEM majors earned up to 50 percent more over their lifetimes than humanities majors earned, Daniel de Vise for the Washington Post. Carnevale sent me some new charts last week that take the argument further. Math-science majors can earn more than humanities majors even with a lesser degree. Carnevale believes the economy has shifted over the past 30 years to reward academic fields over educational attainment. In other words: It doesn’t matter how long you have studied; it matters what you study…

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