5. Applied Mathematics
75th Percentile Starting Pay: $64,700
Years for 75th Percentile to Reach $100K
If you ever asked your math teacher, “Will we need this stuff in the real world?” Here’s your answer. According to the BLS, people who study applied mathematics go on to use techniques such as mathematical modeling to solve practical problems in business, government and life. That can include roles such as helping companies streamline their manufacturing processes or analyzing the efficacy of a new pharmaceutical product. Annual salaries for the top 25 percent hit $115,000 after 10 to 12 years.