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With the cost of a college education and the burden of student loans, many students are considering their return on investment when choosing a degree.

Salary, job availability and the need for higher education are a big factor in what makes some degrees more valuable than others.

To determine the most valuable majors, personal finance site Bankrate analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. They looked at what bachelor's degree graduates who were either employed or unemployed entered as their first major. They also looked at their income for the past 12 months, as well as how many college graduates had obtained a higher degree such as a master's or doctoral degree.

Based on Bankrate's analysis, here are the most valuable college degrees.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.