Rather than placing future salary considerations first, I recommend that students major in a subject that truly motivates them. This is the advice I give the college women I mentor: “Do what you love every day, work hard and be honest. Choose a major that you are interested in and passionate about.”
There is nothing worse than a student directing his or her efforts to a major only because of income potential down the road or yielding to pressure from parents. Ultimately, this could lead to boredom, dissatisfaction or, even worse, the student dropping out of college. Not to mention the distaste the student might have once they graduate from college and reality sets in that they may have 40+ years ahead of them in a field in which they are not interested.