LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA offers over 125 majors and 80 minors; however, the majors that are most popular among undergraduate students are closely related to the high-paying careers of today.

The top six undergraduate majors are business economics, biology, psychology, political science, economics and psychobiology respectively. Business economics and economics both lead to a career in finance, which can offer an average salary of $80,000 per year. On the other side of the career spectrum, biology, psychology and psychobiology are all pre-med majors.

If pre-med students eventually follow the career path of becoming a doctor, they can earn an average salary of $187,200 per year. Political science students can either become a legislative advocate, earning an average of $59,808 per year or attend law school and become an established lawyer, earning an average salary of $115,820 per year.

There are other career options as well with this major; however, these are the two most popular career paths that most political science students choose to opt for after completing their undergraduate degree. After closely analyzing the careers that can emerge from these popular majors, I observed that most students tend to go for career options that are safer and offer a stable annual salary.

Finance, medicine and law all fall into this category. However, most students fail to take into account other factors besides monetary value while considering their future careers. Studies have shown that jobs in finance, medicine and law may be high-paying but can lead to elevated levels of stress as well due to the high-pressure work environments.

Although this kind of work environment may not be much of a problem when a person is in their 20s, it may cause them to burn out early on and have a midlife crisis in their 30s to 40s. Therefore, it is always important to consider the sort of work environments you want before choosing a particular career or undergraduate major.

It may seem like the easy option to pick one of the popular majors at a certain college; however, every individual is different and should consider their own needs rather than jumping onto the bandwagon.

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