Posted: 8/31/23

Two TAMIU Degrees Among Highest-Paying According to Higher Ed Research Group


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Two degrees offered at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) have been listed among the top majors in the U.S.  that lead to the highest-paying jobs for new graduates…and that’s driving real interest in the programs for the upcoming Fall semester at TAMIU.

The HEA Group, a higher education research and consulting agency, took a look at data provided by the U.S. Department of Education to determine what the most popular majors tend to pay. It’s not surprising that the highest-paying jobs tend to involve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. 

The TAMIU degrees that figure in the Top Ten HEA identified are Computer Engineering and Petroleum Engineering, with salaries for Bachelor’s degree recipients estimated at $99,000 and $97,000 respectively. Another popular high-earning degree with projected earnings of $76,000 per year is Nursing.

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said these sorts of research findings can be beneficial to students as they weigh their options for their major.

“Studies like this really serve to reveal opportunities to students who are considering their major.  For some, this will affirm a choice they have already made and for others, presents a compelling opportunity that bears exploration,” said Dr. Arenaz.

He noted that as the University develops and offers degrees, the potential salary earnings for graduates maintains a critical consideration.

“The viability of the degree, relevance to the service area and income potential all figure into the development of degrees, so we’re always keen to work with our community and service area to bring forward degrees with the greatest potential for success for all,” Arenaz said.

He noted that degree development is always ongoing at the University.

“For example, some $4 million in funding that we secured from this 88th Legislature will help us forge a path forward for the creation of two new degree programs in Clinical Lab Sciences and Occupational Therapy.  Both have real relevance for our community and region.

“The Clinical Lab Sciences program will prepare graduates to work in clinics, hospitals, and private laboratories as an integral part of a health care team aiding in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease by conducting and analyzing laboratory tests. The Occupational Therapy program will prepare graduates for a career assisting individuals with disabilities to live full and independent lives,” he observed.

As a result of actions taken by the Texas Legislature to address affordability in higher education, all resident undergraduate academic costs, including tuition, mandatory academic fees, all academic-related general fees, and college course fees, have been frozen for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years at TAMIU. Students will pay the same tuition and fees that were paid in 2021.

Registration for Fall 2023 at TAMIU is currently underway. To learn more the University’s Registration processes, visit https://www.tamiu.edu/reghub/.  

Classes began Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. Late registration ends this Friday, Sept. 1.

University news and information can also be found online at tamiu.edu and on TAMIU’s social channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.