A quick scan of the Forbes "Top 10 Most Lucrative College Majors" list, while disappointing to many an ambitious English major, shows that financial success lies in knowing about finances. An economics major came in second on the list, with the median income for zero to five years of experience being $48,100. But for many Macalester economics majors, the labor is for love, not money.
Josh Paulson '10, vice president of the Economics Honors Society and co-chair of the Macalester Investment Group, realized his passion for economics before coming to Macalester. He credits the Macalester classes and professors, however, for making him "love the department."