Despite its wide range of uses and applications, math is not for everybody. Even if math is your kryptonite, it doesn't have to stand in the way of you pursuing a college degree with high earning potential. 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.
Degrees in the social sciences such as psychology or sociology generally require a graduate degree before you can expect to earn a good living. However, according to a 2016 PayScale report, students who major in political science command higher post-graduation earnings than most other social science majors, averaging $46,500 in salary in the year following graduation and $70,556 after approximately ten 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.
Depending on their employment track, communications majors have significant earning potential. In their first year of employment, marketing managers average a $54,261 a year salary. Social media specialists can earn around $40,000, but over time, a communications degree can lead to extremely well-paying positions like Chief Marketing Officer (averaging $187,000) and Social Media Director (averaging $118,000). 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 $38,000 after graduation and up to $71,933 with a few years of experience. Logistics and e-commerce majors can also attain significant incomes after a few years on the job, averaging $74,000 per year.
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 management. With this degree, you can oversee construction projects, start a construction business or work in real estate development. Experienced graduates in this field average $73,385 a year.
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.