Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Ruin Your Life: Study the Humanities! And Doom Yourself to Decades of Isolation, Solipsism, and Utter Social Disregard

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At peak earning ages (56-60), graduates with a baccalaureate degree in a humanities or social science field are making $40,000 more than they were as recent graduates (21-25). And while in the years following graduation they earn $5,000 less than people with professional or pre-professional degrees, liberal arts majors earn $2,000 more at peak earning ages, when they make about $66,000. (Salaries in both fields still lag behind engineering and math and sciences graduates, who in their late 50s make about $98,000 and $87,000, respectively.)

Meanwhile, William Pannapacker covers a new attempt to track PhD outcomes.

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