Politics enters the list in the bottom spot. Political Science is a branch of knowledge that looks at various systems of government and the analysis of political activity and behaviour. Politicians are generally elected officials serving the public in some capacity. It’s a difficult, often thankless job, but it does come with a very decent salary and benefits package at most levels of government. Both Harvard and the London School of Economics have highly respected programs. Photo by thinboyfatter
A degree in finance, coming in at the ninth spot, prepares students for administration and management positions, as well as working in the financial arena (bankers, financial advisers). The University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University are well regarded in this area. Photo by YoTuT
The number eight spot belongs to computer science, which involves both theory and practice revolving around computers, computer processes, hardware, software, programming, and system implementation. The two American universities with the most respected programs are Carnegie Mellon University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
Coming in at number seven, accounting is simply an information science relating to the keeping and organization of financial records, but it can of course get a lot more complicated than that. Harvard and the London School of Economics offer intensive and highly competitive programs of study. Photo by Juliane
Our sixth spot is held by commerce, which is a branch of business that examines the individual elements of an economic system. These parts include legal, economic, social, political, cultural, and technological branches. It explores the influences on an economy in order to determine economic potential and threats. Texas A&M University has a prestigious department of commerce. Photo by Texas A&M University
Number five in our Top Ten Degrees for Millionaires is held by business administration, which teaches a multitude of skills and tools needed to manage, develop, and grow a business. Harvard, Stanford, and Yale all have fantastic programs in this area of study. Photo by Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
The study of law - the system of rules and guidelines that govern a society - has always been seen as a sure-fire route to riches. The stereotype of the wealthy lawyer has been around almost as long as lawyers themselves. And while lawyers do have some of the highest average salaries, it also takes years of toil and long, long hours to get there. The best law schools include Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Colombia in America, McGill and Toronto in Canada, and Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom. Photo by Tulane Public Relations
Number three on our list is economics, the study of production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. This degree would obviously lend itself - and its skill set - quite well to someone looking to amass a great deal of personal wealth. Harvard, MIT, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The London School of Economics are considered the best of the best. Photo by Simon Cunningham
An MBA (Masters of Business Administration) was once considered a crucial requirement for attaining the highest level of success in the business world, and while it certainly won’t hurt you, that is not necessarily true anymore. Still, it grabs the number two spot on our list. An MBA is specialized and concentrated study in business administration as related to one of a variety of fields (such as accounting, economics, marketing, human resource management, strategic/risk management, etc.). Harvard (again), Stanford (again), and the London Business School are some of the best places to get one. Photo by Maryland GovPics
The top spot is held by engineering, which has the proud distinction of having more millionaires than any other subject. Engineering is a branch of study that looks at the design, building, and use of machines, engines, and structures. One can only guess at why it produces so many successful entrepreneurs, but it likely correlates to its creation of strong minds that are adept at identifying and solving problems. MIT, Stanford, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Cambridge provide excellent training in this broad field of study. Photo by Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations
Psst! Want to know what the majority of millionaires in the world studied at university? Me too.
In a new study by WealthInsight, it would appear that there are more millionaires with a degree in engineering than any other subject. The study further reveals that these individuals are not generally engineers by trade, but rather use their training and study methods to become highly successful entrepreneurs. This, therefore, begs the question - what exactly is engineering teaching its students that makes so many of them end up filthy rich? We can only hazard a guess.
The top ten includes the usual suspects, with a heavy slant towards finance and business fields of study (which makes sense). There are no guarantees, of course, but pursuing a degree in any of these ten will put you with some rather lofty company.
And, it must be noted, that there are plenty of millionaires outside of these ten, as well as notable examples that did not attend (or complete) a post-secondary institution of any kind. These "dropouts" include the likes of Princess Diana, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Walt Disney, Billy Joel, and Elton John.
Sadly, there are no shortcuts. There are no surefire and easy ways to financial security. The ten degrees listed here will undoubtedly help you land a financially rewarding career, but they all require discipline, hard work, and years of study and toil.
Make it through all that, with some innovative ideas and a bit of luck on your side, and you just may join the list of famous engineers, lawyers, or accountants (are there any?).