We have all become aware of the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, in which middle America (We Are the 99 Percent) decided to speak out and draw a distinct line between the country’s once ambiguous hierarchy of classes. Until now it has been a mystery as to how the one percent reached their status as both America’s top earners and the poster children of what many say is wrong with this country.
Thanks to collegeonline.org and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, we can finally get a glimpse into how the one percent actually reached their way to the top. According to the American Community Survey, there seems to be a correlation between the type of college degree earned and the probability of becoming labeled as America’s one percent. The survey highlighted five college majors that would significantly increase the chances of becoming one of the country’s top earners: pre-med, economics, biochemistry, zoology, and biology.
Collegeonline.org took the data a bit further and decided to visually explain and compare common degrees against their degree programs. Check out the infographic below to see where you fall (or would like to fall) into the mix. Is it what you expected? Are you pleasantly surprised? Or are you irritably vexed and would like to have a few choice words with your school counselor? Let the comments and arguments flow!