Forbes magazine ranks Geology at the 7th most valuable college major "in terms of salary and career prospects." [Right, credit Resolution Copper]
They used PayScale's "massive compensation database and job growth projections through 2020 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."
Forbes listed college majors by "median starting pay, median mid-career pay (at least 10 years experience), percentage growth in pay and projected growth of job opportunities."
The numbers they published for Geology:
Starting Median Pay: $45,300
Mid-Career Median Pay: $83,300
Growth In Pay: 84%
Projected Job Growth: 19.3%