An article in the
Spring 2019 issue of Society Now summarizes the impact of a university degree on future income in Britain. The full report is from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.
For men, studying creative arts, English or philosophy results in
lower average earnings than if they hadn’t gone to university at all:
For women there are no subjects with negative returns, but studying creative arts increases earnings by only 9%. (For medicine it’s 75%.)
So if you want to earn more money, study the subjects on the right of the graph: economics, medicine, architecture, business, law, etc.
On the other hand, there is at least one thing that money can’t buy.
British Psychological Society has a guide to careers in psychology.
First choose an area such as Forensic or Clinical or Occupational. Then you can see the places of work for that area (for example, hospitals or prisons) and the training route (such as a degree), likely salaries, useful links, etc.
The BPS also has a
YouTube channel with careers information.
The Royal Society of Chemistry website has a careers section called
A Future in Chemistry. A chemist could:
discover new medicines
protect the environment
invent products and materials
solve crime using forensic analysis
teach chemistry (if all else fails)
besides some evil things that the website doesn’t mention.
There is lots of advice about jobs, study options, work experience, etc.