Undergraduate tuition, possible graduate degrees, and room and board all add up -- especially for students taking out loans. But which degree and which jobs really pay off? See how long it would take students to pay off their student loans if they chose careers based off their degrees.
|Occupation||Minimum required years in college, graduate school and professional programs||Cost of degree (tuition, fees, room, board)||Median pay||Annual repayment (if 10 percent of salary goes to repaying school loans)||Years needed to repay education investment (assuming 6 percent student loan interest)|
|Advertising, marketing, promotions||4||$52,596||$107,950||$10,795||5.83|
|Physician: family or general practicioner||8||$136,861||$172,020||$17,202||10.92|
|Market research analyst||4||$52,596||$60,300||$6,030||12.42|
|Political science teacher: post-secondary||6||$68,010||$72,170||$7,217||14.00|
|Public relations specialist||4||$52,596||$54,170||$5,417||14.67|
|English language/literature teacher: post-secondary||6||$68,010||$60,040||$6,004||19.08|
|Zoologist, wildlife biologist||6||$68,010||$57,710||$5,771||20.58|
|News analyst, reporter, correspondent||4||$52,596||$37,090||$3,709||31.83|
|Marriage and family therapist||6||$68,010||$46,670||$4,667||34.67|
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, FinAid.org.
We used the most recent education cost data from the National Center for Education Statistics and occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Costs for undergraduate degrees are based off the tuition, fees, and room and board of a four-year, in-state, public school with no scholarships. Graduate degree costs are based off of NCES data regarding tuition and fees for the specific area of study. Calculations were figured using an average loan interest payment of 6 percent. These numbers will vary based on the individual and are to be used solely as an informational tool.
If you would like more on how long it will take to pay off your student loan based on your salary, check out Bankrate's student loan calculators.
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