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Top Paying College Degrees That Do Not Require Math

by Van Thompson

If you have ever perused earnings estimates for various college majors, you likely know that math-oriented majors tend to yield higher earnings. Degrees in engineering, computer science, math and similar fields all have high earnings upon graduation but usually require numerous math classes. While math can't be avoided altogether -- you will have to do basic arithmetic in virtually every job -- you don't have to be a math expert to make a decent living.

Social Sciences

Degrees in the social sciences such as psychology or sociology generally require a graduate degree before you can expect to earn a good living. But according to a 2011 Georgetown University report, students who major in political science or government command higher post-graduation earnings than most other social science majors, averaging $35,000 per year immediately after graduation and $65,000 after a few years of work experience. Students who pursue international relations can expect to earn similar salaries. At the graduate level, however, you'll likely have to take statistics, so it may be a good idea to take some introductory-level math classes while you're still in college if you plan to go to graduate school.


Within the field of communications, advertising and public relations majors earn the most, averaging $35,000 a year after graduation. As they move into their careers, however, this salary advantage dwindles, with advertising majors making around $57,000 after a few years of experience. Journalism majors average $32,000 a year after graduation but can see a spike in earnings to $66,000 with a graduate degree. Although newspapers and magazines are rapidly cutting their circulation, journalism majors can still make a living in television journalism or writing online content, but you'll need to be prepared for some uncertainty as the field of journalism continues to change.


Business majors can avoid high-level math by pursuing degrees such as marketing. Although marketing majors make less than some other business majors that require math, you can expect to make around $37,000 after graduation and up to $65,000 with a few years of experience. Logistics and e-commerce majors can also attain significant incomes after a few years on the job, averaging $71,000 per year.

Construction and Transportation

Degrees such as architecture typically require quite a bit of math, but if you're fascinated by construction, buildings and project management, consider a degree in construction services. With this degree, you can oversee construction projects, start a construction business or work in real estate development. Experienced graduates in this field average $76,000 a year. Transportation services majors -- who work with airline, auto and railway companies, with distribution companies or who start their own transportation companies -- can also earn a good income with a few years of experience, averaging $71,000 per year.

About the Author

Van Thompson is an attorney and writer. A former martial arts instructor, he holds bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from Westchester University, and a juris doctor from Georgia State University. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including a 2009 CALI Legal Writing Award.

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