Here we are in the first official week of fall, and a few weeks into the start of a new school year. For high school seniors, this means it's time to make a decision about where they'll spend the next four-plus years of their lives, not to mention accumulate four figures-plus of debt. It's more important than ever that today's teens think very carefully about their college choices--not just where to attend, but what to study.

Prospective coeds would be wise to check out PayScale's latest College Salary Report, which offers a look at potential payout for degrees from more than 2,500 institutions. The report not only ranks the best two- and four-year schools by salary potential, but also best schools by major and common jobs for each major.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.