I've had similar conversations wiht about to graduate college students. They go in the internet and find out, for example, that IT analysts start out making an average of 70K!!!
So that is what they must have. Never mind that the study they looked at has absolutely nothing to do with this area of the country, or that the job description they are quoting is senior level, and not really entry level, and never mind that you have never held any type of job in your life. I should pay you 70K just so I can spend the next 3 years training you!
On a side note, my husband gets really irritated with the teenagers in our family because they insist that their dream job is something like working with pandas, so that is what they are going to college to learn. Okay, there are maybe 2 panda jobs in the entire US, how do you plan on using your degree. it doesn't matter, they say, you need to go and study what you love. I agree that it's nice to have dreams, but should you really be studying a field in which has no practical application in getting you a job?