The most popular college major for Wall Street

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Ever wonder which college major is most likely to get you a job on Wall Street?

Business Insider turned to Emolument, a salary-benchmarking website that collects self-reported pay data, to find out which college majors are most common in finance.

They gathered data on 840 finance professionals in New York at the analyst, associate, vice president, and director level.

The respondents come from a number of firms, including Citigroup, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as smaller banks, asset managers, and hedge funds. They are all front-office professionals, andtwo-thirds work at banks, while one-third worksonthe buy-side.

Emolument found that, while the clear majority of Wall Street professionals studied something related to finance,there are definitely a few history and geography majors out there.

So humanities students, don’t give up hope.

Here is the breakdown.


At the analyst level, accounting, business, and finance are by far the most popular majors for Wall Streeters. Economics follows in second place.

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The same majors are even more common among associates on Wall Street.

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Accounting, business, and finance majors are the clear majority at the vice-president level, too.

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The trend holds all the way to the director level, where accounting, business, and finance majors make up 60% of jobs held. In second place, economics comes in at 21%.

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An overall look at a handful of majors across all levels shows a similar result: 51% of total Wall Street respondents are accounting, business, and finance majors, followed by economics, and then engineering.

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The overall Wall Street sample is big enough to include additional majors, while the breakouts by title have too few data points to include anything other than the six most common majors.