So, a group of three people were experimenting with a time machine, and were transported back to 17th century Salem. The male is wearing a red hoodie and some jeans, the female is wearing leggings and a crop top, and the other male is just wearing a letterman jacket. They get transported back with only the clothes on their backs, a calculator, and a pack of cigarettes w/ a lighter. They have to find a way to get money to get food and stuff, so my question is: With modern day skills, what job could these people do that would give them money?
The most fun thing they could do is to publish Sir Isaac Newtons laws of motion in their name. He presented it in 1686 so you have some time to build up a reputation in mathematics and science. Back then your college level knowledge would already be mind blowingly large for the people of that time.
Firstly, you would need to find someone who is well known, famous of well versed in maths and science. I have no idea who and I'm not going to bother doing the research for you. But you can trade your clothes to some rich person and use that money to get an audience. Present your new foundings and publish them with said rich person. Go to whatever party they are throwing to tell all their rich friends about the new discovery and then use your social skills to mingle with them. Keep releasing new theories before their time and have your name recorded down in history.
The next best thing, if you arrive at the start of the 17th century would be to release all of William Shakespeare plays before he released them.... You get the idea right? Here is a list of people who where famous in the 17th century. Just plagiarize their works before they could https://www.thefamouspeople.com/17th-century.php