somewhere in the range of $300,000, which is a lot of money by any standard. But it could come from two people making $150,000 or 1 person making $300,000. Second, these are college majors, which have a relatively poor correlation with the actual occupation of the income earner. Both medicine and business are relatively famous for taking people from all undergraduate majors -- just as long as they excel in the specific knowledge sets that are needed. Of these 14 majors, I basically see 3 groupings: physicians, attorneys and businesspeople. If someone were to tell you that those were the constituents of elite income earners, no one would be surprised.
Chemistry majors somehow fall into this grouping of top majors in the 1%. If the math from the above chart is accurate, there are 44,505 chemistry majors who live in 1% households. (Remember, there are only about 80,000 chemists in the US.) I speculate:
- There are a lot of physicians who have an undergraduate degree in chemistry.
- There are relatively few bench-level chemists in those households.
- There are a lot of salespeople, sales managers, senior managers, pharmaceutical patent lawyers and business owners in those households.
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** Does anyone believe that actual zoologists are making lots and lots of money? Are they stupid or something?