College students choosing majors now have starting salaries at hand

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With just a few clicks, American college students can see that on average fine artists earn $29,000 straight out of school while electrical engineers who spent their days hunkered over circuit boards start at $57,000 and are less likely to be out of work.

A tough job market and growing student-loan debt have inspired keen interest in whether graduates are finding jobs and how much they make. Now, using new U.S. Census information, economists are attaching hard numbers to the career prospects and earnings potential of college majors.

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