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10 Highest-Paying Degrees via AOL Jobs.

This article was originally featured on OnlineDegrees.comBy Maryalene LaPonsie

Recent media reports on the job market for new college grads are full of horror stories: sky high student debt and sub-par entry-level salaries. But it isn’t all bad news. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found salary offers made to the class of 2011 increased 4.8 percent to an overall average of $51,018.

What’s more, a trio of recent reports indicates picking the right degree can mean the difference between a $30,000 starting salary and a $60,000 starting salary. The latest of these reports is the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report.

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10. Nuclear Engineering

Median starting salary:$65,100

Mid-career average:$97,800

Rounding out the top ten on the PayScale list is nuclear engineering. James Madison, President of CoolHandNuke.com, a job site for nuclear professionals, says several factors help boost the incomes of nuclear engineers. These include the high caliber of nuclear engineering graduates, the sensitive nature of their work and a decreasing number of individuals entering the field.

In addition, Madison predicts an upswing in the need for nuclear engineers that could mean better salaries in the future. “Over the course of the next 10 plus years, these engineers with start being paid very, very well,” he said. “And the benefits packages are already the best of any industry.”

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