SNAP: Journalism Degree Ranked Near Lowest ROI

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 10.17.16 AMIt should come as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about the struggling state of newspapers and magazines that journalism is one of the least lucrative college degrees to pursue. In fact, rates journalism the second-worst return on investment based on a median salary of roughly $37,000 and college costs in excess of $52,000.

Really? Worse than all those out-of-work actors who majored in theater and worse than storytelling majors? (Neither of those majors is on Bankrate’s list.)

It takes an average of nearly 32 years for a journalism student to repay his or her loans, while advertising/marketing/promotions boasts the lowest number of years it takes to repay loans at 5.83. Folks in that field have a median pay of about $108,000.

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