What’s the going rate for an arm and a leg these days? Because it’s probably cheaper than what Americans are paying for college. According to The College Board’s most recent report, the average price for annual tuition, fees, room, and board at a four-year private college was $45,370 in the 2016-17 academic year—up nearly $15,000 from 10 years ago. (The average price in 1990: $13,476!)

That’s a hefty chunk of change to plunk down on a degree, and a mighty mound of debt to erase when your undergrad days are done. Bernie Sanders might save us all yet. But until that happens, it’s best to face the tuition beast head-on by choosing a major that will make all the student loans, cups of ramen, and panicked calls home to mom and dad worth it in the end.

PayScale’s 2016-17 College Salary Report ranks how different majors for bachelor’s degrees stack up against each other based on alumni salaries. Here are the 10 majors that pay the most, but first, a fair warning: If math and science aren’t really your thing, you might want to start driving for Uber in between classes.


1. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Come up with new ways to find oil and gas in underground deposits and old wells. Ready to solve the next energy crisis?

What you’ll make right away: $96,700 (median salary for alumni with degrees in this field, zero to five years of work experience)

What you’ll make in the future: $172,000 (median salary for alumni with degrees in this field, 10-plus years of work experience)

Where to go: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Out of state tuition: $20,041, according to data from 2016-17); Stanford University ($47,940); University of Texas-Austin ($35,906)


2. SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Put together puzzles. Whether you’re an industrial or manufacturing engineer, you’ll make sure all parts of a big project always work in tandem.

What you’ll make right away: $66,400

What you’ll make in the future: $121,000

Where to go: Georgia Institute of Technology ($32,404); University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ($45,410); Purdue University ($28,804)


3. ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

What you’ll do: Use analytics to predict and manage future risk and reduce the likelihood of something bad happening in the future. Think of Ben Stiller’s character in Along Came Polly. Or don’t.

What you’ll make right away: $60,800

What you’ll make in the future: $119,000

Where to go: Purdue University ($28,804); Carnegie Mellon University ($52,310); Temple University ($25,994)


4. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Use your chemistry, biology, physics, and math skills to produce just about anything, including food, drugs, fuel and clothes. Less Walter White, more Alfred Nobel.

What you’ll make right away: $69,800

What you’ll make in the future: $119,000

Where to go: Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($48,452); California Institute of Technology ($47,577); University of California-Berkeley ($40,167)


5. COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS) AND ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Design tech that will destroy people’s productivity and lives, among other duties.

What you’ll make right away: $71,200

What you’ll make in the future: $116,000

Where to go: Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($48,452); Stanford University ($47,940); Princeton University ($45,320)


6. NUCLEAR ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: “Research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But you’ll probably blow some shit up along the way, too.

What you’ll make right away: $68,500

What you’ll make in the future: $116,000

Where to go: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ($45,410); Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($48,452); University of Wisconsin-Madison ($32,738)


7. ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Design and fix the electronic equipment used in devices like phones and TVs. It’s kinda like being an Apple Genius, only with fewer angry customers and a much fatter paycheck.

What you’ll make right away: $68,000

What you’ll make in the future: $115,000

Where to go: Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($48,452); University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign ($31,320); University of California-Berkeley ($40,167)


8. ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING (ECE)

What you’ll do: Make sure the electrical equipment in motors, radar, and navigation systems, among other gadgets, is always up to snuff.

What you’ll make right away: $68,100

What you’ll make in the future: $114,000

Where to go: Carnegie Mellon University ($52,310); California Institute of Technology ($47,577); Harvey Mudd College ($52,666)


9. AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

What you’ll do: Design airplanes for military and civilian use, make them safer and more fuel-efficient, and in a small way, shoulder the blame for United’s next fuck-up.

What you’ll make right away: $63,000

What you’ll make in the future: $113,000

Where to go: Georgia Institute of Technology ($32,404); Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($48,452); University of Maryland-College Park ($32,045)


10. COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CE)

What you’ll do: Build the hardware and software for companies in the industries that use computer-based systems. (In other words, all of them.) There are approximately 3,700 majors that have something to do with computers, however, so make sure you pick the right one.

What you’ll make right away: $69,600

What you’ll make in the future: $113,000

Where to go: Carnegie Mellon University ($52,310); Cornell University ($50,953); University of Washington ($34,791)