6 Degrees to Prep You for a High Paying Job


Six High-Pay Degrees

If you're hoping to snag a high-paying job after graduation, you may want to consider earning one of these degrees.  

By Andrea Duchon
When choosing a major, it's never a bad idea to consider your post-graduation goals before buying the books. In some cases, a certain skill set or passion drives a student's motivation to go to school. Other times, students are interested in earning as much as possible with a high-paying job.
If you fall into the latter camp, do you know which degrees could prepare you for a career that pays well?
"All of the degrees below require some of the same basic skill sets, which include strong communication, analytical and critical thinking skills, and being detail oriented. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, these fields are expected to grow faster than average for all occupations," says Amber Lennon, director of the Oxley Career Education Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Interested to see if any of these in-demand degrees get you excited enough to step into the classroom?
Keep reading to learn about six degrees that could help you pursue a job that pays a median annual wage of at least $45,000.

Degree #1: Accounting

Have you always breezed through your tax returns and balanced your checkbook without batting an eye? If so, a bachelor's degree in accounting could give you real-world skills that could put you on the path to a well-paid future.
In this program, you could take typical courses like accounting, auditing, and business law, and you'll learn how to analyze financial information and risks for an organization, says the College Board, a not-for-profit organization committed to excellence and equity in education.
The High-Pay Factor: Additional government regulations and reporting requirements have led to more demand at the same moment when baby boomers are starting to retire, says Allen Wass, president of the Sanford Rose Associates Owner's Association Board, an executive recruitment firm in Hudson, Ohio.
Lennon agrees: "Due to recent financial crises and changes in financial regulations, there is a high demand for detailed financial documentation. Recent college graduates will have the opportunity to enter public, management, or government accounting or internal auditing."
Lennon adds that you'll need strong analytical, mathematical, and communication skills, in addition to being detail oriented to succeed as an accountant.
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Degree #2: Nursing

Are you interested in making a career out of caring for others? Studying nursing could give you the tangible skills for this field and could help you earn a great paycheck post-graduation.
The College Board says you can expect to take classes in adult nursing, childbearing-family nursing, and health assessment. In a health assessment course you could learn to conduct physical exams, take health histories, and design a plan of care.
The High-Pay Factor: Lennon says that nurses are the front-line responders in the hospital and the vital link between the patient and their doctors.
"Not only do they spend more time with patients than the doctors do, but they also have to interact with the patient's family members," she adds.
So why are they paid so well?
"As a part of their training, nurses are taught how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individual patients, and they have to adapt to an ever-changing, demanding environment," Lennon continues. "This is why nurses deserve the pay they make and more."
She adds that you'll need to showcase patience, compassion, good written and verbal communication skills, and emotional stability to perform well in this field.
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Degree #3: Business Administration

Making it to the top of the corporate ladder has been on your wish list for years and you're finally ready to take the next step in your life to get there. Sound familiar? Earning a degree in business administration could give you the educational background you need to help pull in a hefty paycheck and take you further than the bottom rung of the proverbial ladder.
A degree in business administration prepares you to plan and control an organization's activities and may include classes like economics, marketing, and business statistics, according to the College Board.
The High-Pay Factor: "With the shift to a service economy, selling has become increasingly important," says Wass. "Accordingly, companies need people for roles in sales, marketing, and business development. A business administration degree program tends to engage students through case analysis, project-based courses, and experiential learning."
He also says that business admin students should be prepared to manage and lead individuals, teams and projects. Possessing these leadership skills could translate into higher pay post-graduation.
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Degree #4: Computer Science

Maybe you're a whiz at cleaning up computer bugs or have always had a knack for figuring out complex problems. You could put that intuitive curiosity to good use by earning a degree in computer science.
Computer science majors study how humans interact with computers in a scientific way and may take classes like software engineering, artificial intelligence, and digital system design, according to the College Board.
The High-Pay Factor: Because just about everything utilizes computers, Wass says a wide range of opportunities exist for graduates of computer science. "This could include software engineering, game design, computer graphics, internet systems and technology, and hardware development," he adds.
He adds that because this is a fast-growing field, companies end up competing for talented people who have strong analytical skills and programming experience honed through a rigorous computer science curriculum. In the end, that competition oftentimes shows up in the form of a higher paycheck.
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Degree #5: Emergency Management Technology

When a disaster occurs, the people on the ground sorting out the mess often make huge impacts in the lives of the people affected. Think you'd like to be part of those teams? A degree in emergency medical technology could help put you on the path towards a high-paying and exciting job after graduation.
Students could take courses in anything from emergency communication and patient transportation, to crisis intervention and EMT rescue, and also learn to care for patients in a medical crisis, according to the College Board.
The High-Pay Factor: "Students in an undergraduate emergency services administration program get real-world training from professors - many of whom are still active in the field," explains Abraham Levinson, program coordinator of emergency services administration at Adelphi University.
"When students graduate from the program, they will be opened up to a breadth of different experiences in disaster situations from all around the world. Emergency management isn't a job that can be done without appropriate training, which is something an employer sees value in and is happy to compensate for," he adds.
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Degree #6: Health Care Administration

Maybe you've always dreamed of working in the medical field but don't have the time or desire to drudge through medical school. Earning a degree in health care administration could help you pursue the booming and high-pay field.  
In this program, you could take courses like health care law, human resources management, and anatomy and physiology, the College Board notes. You'll also learn the ropes behind managing health care facilities.
The High-Pay Factor: The need for health care administration graduates is expected to grow rapidly due to the aging of the baby boomers, says Lennon.
Over time, she adds that the demand for skilled administrators will increase.
"These administrators not only serve as the face of the organization, but they are responsible for overseeing all facets of operation including business development, fundraising, clinical operations, employee performance, facility expansion, and budget proposals," says Lennon. "Most of the higher level management positions have larger salaries due to the high demands of the position."
To be successful, she notes that students should be proficient in analytical, communication, inter-personal, problem-solving, and technical skills.

Five Flexible Degrees To Consider Now


Five flexible degrees

If heading to campus doesn't work for your busy life, consider earning a flexible degree when and where you want.

By Andrea Duchon
Has earning your degree been on your New Year's resolution list for a while now, but your schedule doesn't seem to allow you time to physically go to school? You may want to consider earning your degree online. That's because an online education offers flexibility of schedule and the convenience to take a class anytime, anywhere.
Mike Echols, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for Bellevue University, says that he usually sees online students that fall into a number of similar characteristics: they tend to be working adults, oftentimes with families, and they have complex schedules.
"They need flexibility in their learning," Echols adds. "I'd say that online learning lends itself particularly well to that population of people in particular."
However, while studying online is convenient, it isn't for everyone. It takes hard work and commitment to successfully complete a degree online.
But if studying online seems like it may be a good fit for your busy life, take a look at these five degree programs that translate well to a flexible, online format.

Degree #1: Criminal Justice

Have you watched cop cars swarm the scene of a crime and wished you had the time to gain the skills necessary for their job? Earning a criminal justice degree online could give you the flexibility of taking your classes from anywhere, at any time.
The College Board, a not-for-profit organization committed to excellence and equity in education, says that criminal justice students could take classes in policing society, criminology, juvenile justice, and statistics.
The Online Advantage: Echols say that in most online learning models, students must review and deliberate on facts, then discuss their ideas and their interpretation of those facts with other members of their online classroom.
And that's very similar to what criminal justice professionals have to do on the job.
"Professionals in this field are routinely challenged to gather, interpret, and communicate evidence to others in the legal system," says Echols. "It is this case-by-case study approach, combined with the practice of extensive debate and dialogue with other criminal justice students in the online class that lends itself so well to this profession."
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Degree #2: Business Administration

If you've got your sights set on climbing the corporate ladder, it's possible that earning your degree in business administration online could help. Not only can you do it on your own time, but you'll also learn valuable skills that follow you post-graduation.
According to the College Board, students in this program could study classes like accounting, operations management, business statistics, and economics. This program prepares students to run an organization's activities.
The Online Advantage: Echols says that organizations are increasingly operating on a global basis with huge geographic reach, and studying online can expose students to interacting with others in different parts of the world.
"The boon to studying business administration online is that students immediately get immersed in that international component by working in a collaborative digital environment with students and teachers in other countries," he says. "The tools and tech they use in online learning help to grow the real-world skills they'll use on the job post-graduation."
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Degree #3: Computer Science

Do complex problems and the interworking of computers sound like something you'd be interested in dealing with day-in and day-out? If so, earning your degree in the growing field of computer science could help you achieve your career goals, while offering you the flexibility of going to school online.
The College Board lists artificial intelligence, software engineering, and data structures and algorithms as typical classes for this major.
Online Advantage: Essentially, this degree is great to pursue online, because you'll be learning about computers while you're working on one.
"The exposure to tools used in class and the practical alignment with the career world is unmatched [in this program]," Echols says. "The design and deployment of a robust online education learning model is exactly - save the application testing - the deployment of these very skills," he adds.
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Degree #4: Graphic Design

If you catch yourself frequently looking more closely at posters, magazines, and websites, you may be a good fit for the popular field of graphic design. And because of the technological components of the coursework, this degree translates perfectly to an online format.
Typical coursework could include Photoshop for designers, typography, and history of graphic design, notes the College Board. They say that this program teaches students how to design books, magazines, websites, and more.
Online Advantage: Echols says that students of an online graphic design program use digital tools like Photoshop, and the online medium, to truly excel in their studies.
"While they're doing things like working with online educators who are teaching how to build online content in the form of multimedia, for example, they're also getting practical hands-on education for any employment opportunity they may pursue down the line," he adds.
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Degree #5: Health Care Administration

If you can't stand the sight of blood, but really want to work in the booming field of health care, earning an online degree in health care administration could be a good match for you.
The College Board says health services administration students learn what it takes to oversee a health care facility, and possibly take courses like accounting, health care law, statistics, and health care ethics.
Online Advantage: "Health care providers say one of their biggest challenges is finding ways to integrate technology into their field for things like data capture, medical information, etc.," says Echols.
"The interesting thing about a student learning to function in an online collaborative mode, on a tech learning platform, is that they're exposed to the use of tech right from the start," he observes. "Learning on the platform that their field is struggling with puts them at an advantage - comfort and experience-wise - so they're able to better assimilate and teach others when they get on the job," Echols says.
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Five High-Paying Jobs That Are Fun


Fun High-Pay Jobs

Just because it's called "work" doesn't mean you can't have fun while earning a hefty paycheck.

By Andrea Duchon
Unfortunately, many people think that earning a hefty paycheck means working a boring job and long hours. Are you one of those people? If so, we're here to tell you that it's quite possible to have an exciting job that doesn't make you groan each morning and pays you a great wage.
"There are plenty of careers out there that combine elements of fun like spontaneity, flexible schedules, and creativity with a high pay," says Bruce Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, a career counseling and executive recruitment firm.
We took a look at five fun careers that pay a median annual wage of at least $44,000. Keep reading to find out which jobs offer elements of excitement, creativity, and spontaneity to your daily grind.

Career #1: PR Specialist

Median 
Annual Wage*
$54,170
Top 10 Percent of Earners*
$101,030
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners*
$30,760
Have you always wanted a career where you get to story tell, connect with people, and take the stage as the center of attention? If that sounds like a fun way to earn your paycheck, perhaps you should take a look at a career as a public relations specialist.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, PR specialists write press releases and prepare information for the media in order to create and maintain a favorable public image for their clients.
Why It Pays: "This position pays well, because you need a number of skills: media savvy, speaking skills, and articulation on paper. More often than not, an understanding of various software suites like the Adobe suite [Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign] and Corel is also needed," says Eddie LaMeire, CEO of LaMeire College Consulting, a higher education consulting agency.
Additionally, Hurwitz says that PR specialists command a good salary, because they have the ability to make their clients look good while saving them money through excellent problem-solving, decision-making, and crisis management techniques.
Education Options: PR specialists typically need a bachelor's degree in a field like public relations, journalism, communications, business, or English, notes the Department of Labor.

Career #2: Graphic Designer

Median 
Annual Wage
$44,150
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$77,490
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$26,250
Pretty websites and marketing materials don't just make themselves! They're produced by the creative minds of graphic designers. In this career, Bob Hankin, program director of graphic design at Bellevue University, says the atmosphere, the collaborative nature of design, and the ability to be ultra-creative at work contribute to the fun factor.
But what do graphic designers actually do on the job?
They meet with clients to determine project scope, create images to convey brand identity or a message, and present designs to clients or an art director, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Why It Pays: Hankin says a graphic designer's ability to combine type and image within a given space to deliver a specific message requires an experienced skill set that companies are willing to pay for.
LaMeire adds that graphic designers are often coveted in the labor market for the simple reason that every business needs one.
Education Options: A bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required, says the Department of Labor. However, those with a bachelor's degree in another field can pursue technical training to meet employer qualifications.

Career #3: Software Developer

Median 
Annual Wage
$90,060
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$138,880
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$55,190
Maybe you've always had a knack for problem solving or you're fascinated by what makes a laptop run. If this sounds like you, a career as a software developer could allow you to inject some fun into your daily routine and pay you big bucks to head to work.
Hurwitz says that the work is fun, because software developers are creating something tangible from a bunch of ones and zeros. For example, think of the popular game Candy Crush - a software developer made that fun, addictive app for you to enjoy!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, software developers create applications that allow people to do a specific task on a computer. They accomplish this by analyzing users' needs, then designing, testing, and developing software that fits those needs.
Why It Pays: Everybody needs a programmer who knows what they're doing, which is why the demand for this profession is even higher, says LaMeire.
Hurwitz adds that designing software takes a special skill set for which employers are willing to pay top dollar. "As the healthcare.gov fiasco proves, not everyone can do it, and it costs a great deal to clean up the mess of those who cannot. That is why they earn the salaries that they earn."
Education Options: Usually, software developers have a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field, plus strong computer-programming skills. Additionally, the Department of Labor says a degree in math is acceptable.

Career #4: Event Planner

Median 
Annual Wage
$45,810
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$79,270
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$26,560
If you ever saw the movie "The Wedding Planner" with Jennifer Lopez and thought, "Yep, that's my dream job," listen up! A career as a wedding planner could give you the satisfaction of a steady salary while keeping you on your toes.
"The fun is in seeing a plan come to fruition on the day or night of the event through organization and planning," says Hurwitz.
And the U.S. Department of Labor says event planners achieve that plan by meeting with clients to understand the purpose of the event, plan the scope, inspect places, coordinate event staff, and review event bills.
Why It Pays: Event planners are given responsibility for making certain that the final stage of an effort - a product launch, a fundraising event, or a big meeting - is perfect, says Hurwitz.
For example, he adds, if the sound system doesn't work at a product launch, it will reflect poorly on the company. "It has to be perfect. Event planners are hired to be perfect. That's why they make good money," Hurwitz says.
Education Options: According to the Department of Labor, event planning applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree and work experience in hotels or planning. Some related fields of study include public relations, communications, business, marketing, and hospitality management.

Career #5: Marketing Manager

Median 
Annual Wage
$119,480
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$187,199+
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$62,650
Whether you realize it or not, you're bombarded with marketing all day long. How many of those messages actually get through? If you think you'd like to take a crack at developing a marketing campaign, take a look at the career of a marketing manager.
Dr. Julia Cronin-Gilmore, marketing professor at Bellevue University, says a marketing manager's job is fun, because there's something new to work on each day.
"It's not a repetitive-task job and is filled with deciding what messages to craft, how an ad or video will look, and what strategy makes sense plus managing others, such as graphic artists, to create elements that maintain a brand's consistency," she adds.
Along with planning programs to generate interest in their clients, marketing managers work with department heads, negotiate ad contracts, and meet with clients to provide advice on their marketing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Why It Pays: LaMeire says to think of it this way: As a marketing manager, you're often juggling advertising, public relations, and media interactions.
"On top of this, marketing managers will be responsible for developing and implementing the creative vision of any marketing campaign, and the creation of the 'brand' is something that companies are willing to pay for," he notes.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says a bachelor's degree is required for most positions, in addition to relevant work experience. Coursework in business law, economics, management, accounting, finance, math, and statistics gives candidates an advantage in pursuing this career. The Department also notes that many managers are former sales reps, purchasing agents, buyers, or PR specialists.

Hot business careers you don't need an MBA to pursue


Hot business careers

Did you think an MBA was required to score a hot business career? Not so. Check out these six bachelor-based business careers.

By Terence Loose
When it comes to pursuing a hot career in business, you may think you need a master's in business administration (MBA) to join the pinstriped, corner-office crowd.
And if you have yet to get your bachelor's degree, that MBA threshold can seem especially daunting.
But before you trash your suit and tie dreams, along with your plans for going back to school, you should know that there are plenty of exciting, in-demand, business-related careers that require no more than a bachelor's degree.
"Attaining an MBA is not always necessary to build a great business career," says Laura Labovich, president of The Career Strategy Group, a full-service career consulting firm. "In fact, getting a bachelor's degree in a specific area that fills employers' needs, and an area that you're passionate about, can take you a long way."
On that advice, we spoke to various experts, and backed up their information with research from the U.S. Department of Labor. So read on for six growing business-related careers that don't require more education than a bachelor's degree to pursue.

Hot Non-MBA Career #1: Human Resources Specialist

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 21 percent, or 90,700 new jobs
Companies are realizing that one of their most valuable assets is their staff. And, keeping them happy, motivated, and loyal demands the skills of great a human resources team, says Beverly Morgan, partner and general manager with WinterWyman, a national recruiting firm.
HR specialists do things like recruit, screen, interview, and place workers, says the U.S. Department of Labor. They also might train workers, explain benefit or incentive programs, and even ensure that all human resources functions comply with regulations, the Department of Labor adds.
Morgan says these skills need not be attained in an MBA program, but are in high demand. "Organizations understand that a good HR professional can empower their employees, keep retention at an all-time high, and have the recruiting skills to hire the best talent. Without a strong HR organization, the morale, culture, and turnover will affect the overall success of any business," she says.
Education Options: Most human resources specialist positions require a bachelor's degree, says the Department. For example, most employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree in business, human resources, or a related field for human resources generalist positions, says the Department.

Hot Non-MBA Career #2: Public Relations Manager

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 16 percent, or 68,300 new jobs
Public relations (PR) has changed dramatically in the past decade, says Phil Dunn, president of Synapse Services Co., a web technologies and marketing company. Nowadays, he says, PR managers need to be all about social media, blogging, videos, and other fast-paced, techie ways to get messages out. "The ones who really know social media these days have great careers," says Dunn.
PR managers create and maintain a good public image for their clients, and help clarify the organization's point of view to its main audience, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
Dunn says that companies and clients care more about your skills than any master's degree. "They want to see high-quality content and coverage in social media," says Dunn. One traditional trait they do want is interpersonal skills, however. "Good PR can start with a back and forth conversation on a topic or some good data to move on," he says.
Education Options: According to the Department of Labor, only a bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, or journalism is generally required.  However, as of 2010, 25 percent of PR managers held master's degrees.

Hot Non-MBA Career #3: Accountant

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 16 percent, or 190,700 new jobs
Accountant may not be the sexiest job in town, but it has two big things going for it, says Deb Hornell, a business and management consultant with 25 years of experience: It's going to be in demand in the business world as long as businesses need to manage money - and it doesn't require a master's degree for a decent paying position.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, accountants do everything from preparing and examining financial records, to assessing financial operations so companies can run more efficiently.
"Accountants are absolutely essential to all business. It's an infrastructure thing: they are part of the foundations of successful businesses," Hornell says. And after the scandals of the past decade or so, accountants are needed more than ever to ensure proper accounting methods and ethics in business, she adds.
Education Options: Most accounting positions require a bachelor's degree in accounting, or a related field, says the Department of Labor. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master's degree.

Hot Non-MBA Career #4: Market Research Analyst

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 41 percent, or 116,600 new jobs
No, that 41 percent growth prediction is not a typo; the U.S. Department of Labor says the career of market research analyst will be very hot over the next decade. Why? Big data - the massive amounts of information on customer and population trends that companies have been accumulating - needs to be analyzed in order to pay dividends, says John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a global outplacement firm.
Specifically, market research analysts crunch data and tell companies who will buy their products, in what regions, and at what price, says the Department of Labor.
"For example, retailers for the holiday season are monitoring their traffic flows hour by hour, store by store in much more depth than ever before," says Challenger. This way they can fine-tune their staff, their products, and their stock, to maximize profits and minimize loss, he says.
Education Options: Market research analysts typically need a bachelor's degree in market research, or a related field, says the Department of Labor. However, many have degrees in fields such as computer science, math, or statistics, while others have a background in business administration, communications, or one of the social sciences. The Department adds that many market research positions require a master's degree.

Hot Non-MBA Career #5: Financial Analyst

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 23 percent, or 54,200 new jobs
It first happened with the computer revolution, after which every company had a computer or IT guy. Now, it's the finance person that's in just as high demand, says Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.
Financial analysts assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other investments to help businesses make sound financial decisions, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
"Financial structures are now so complex that every company needs their own finance person or department," says Carnevale. He says that finance is one of the fastest growing areas in the economy because of its penetration and importance to virtually all business sectors.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says financial analysts typically have bachelor's degrees in areas such as finance, accounting, business administration, economics, or statistics. A master's degree is required for advanced positions, the Department notes.

Hot Non-MBA Career #6: Personal Financial Advisor

2010 to 2020 Growth:* 32 percent, or 66,400 new jobs
With the large population of baby boomers planning for - or reaching - retirement over the next decade or so, personal financial planning is in high demand right now, and for the foreseeable future, says Labovich.
Personal financial advisors help people with important financial decisions, like stocks, bonds, and other investments, taxes, and insurance, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
Though personal financial advisors do not need an MBA to succeed, they do need interpersonal and analytic skills, as well as a solid business or financial education, says Labovich. "They're making decisions about your money. This is what is going to let you have an easier retirement, put your kids through school, have another child. These are the most important things, so it's an in-demand job," she says.
Education Options: Personal financial advisors typically need a bachelor's degree, says the Department of Labor. And though they say employers don't always specify a particular field, they do say majors that provide good preparation are finance, economics, accounting, business, mathematics, or law.

Degrees that can prepare you for a job after college


Degrees for employment

Worried about finding a job after college? Here are six degrees that can prepare you for a post-graduate career.

By Diana Bocco
Worried about finding a job right after you graduate? You have a right to be concerned. According to a February 2013 survey published by the U.S. Department of Labor, 12.6 percent of recent college graduates were unemployed in 2011.
The good news is that some degrees are more likely than others to help you navigate through today's tough employment market - since they are more likely to give you the skills you need to be successful in certain fields.
Wondering which ones those are? Take a look at six bachelor's degrees that are in high demand, and why they can put you one step closer to finding a job after graduation.

Degree #1: Bachelor's in Computer Science

As a computer science graduate, you'll be well versed in a number of highly-employable areas, including information systems, cyber security, web design, and software development, says Mika Nash, academic dean of and associate professor in the Division of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College.
"Employees appreciate this kind of degree because it enables them to leave their options open and to create opportunity across the entire field," She adds that a "computer science degree, at its best, prepares students to use what they have learned as a foundation for a constantly changing field."
What You'll Learn: As a computer science major, you might take programming classes, according to the College Board, a non-profit organization that administers the SAT admission text. You might also take other courses such as artificial intelligence, software engineering, digital system design, and mathematics for computer science.
Potential career opportunities*:

Degree #2: Bachelor's in Business Administration

Business administration is an excellent generalist degree for someone who wants to go into virtually any area of business, says Nash.
"Students study finance, marketing, human resources, management and supervision, economics, and ethics to gain a depth of understanding for best practices in a variety of industries," Nash explains.
In addition to that, "business students are afforded years of practice in problem-solving and decision-making, enabling them to become strategic thinkers by the time they graduate from college - a critically important skill in our rapidly changing economy," according to Nash. Because of the broadness of the degree and the many subjects studied, graduates are able to move into a number of roles in the business world and often be successful right out of school, Nash says.
What You'll Learn: As a business administration and management major, you'll likely take courses such as human resources management, accounting, financial and operations management, marketing, and business ethics and law, according to the College Board.
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Degree #3: Associate's or Bachelor's in Nursing

Many people only think of nurses in hospitals - and while a high percentage of nurses do work in hospitals, there are many other places nurses can be employed.
According to Barbara Lockwood, director and associate professor at the School of Nursing at Aurora University, nursing graduates today can be found working in a variety of settings. For example, nurses can be found working in ambulatory care settings such as doctor's offices, surgery centers, freestanding clinics, occupational health, insurance companies as case managers, long term care, and home health care.
As a result, nursing majors have a variety of employment opportunities after graduation. 
What You'll Learn: Common classes for nursing majors may include microbiology, pharmacology, health assessment, psychology, and anatomy, according to the College Board.
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Degree #4: Bachelor's in Health care Administration

With more Americans having access to affordable health insurance, and tens of thousands of baby boomers edging past retirement age, the demand for health care in this country has never been greater, says Letha D. Williams, chair of the Health Administration Program at A.T. Still University (ATSU).
Even better news is that it's not just 'front-line' personnel (doctors, nurses) that are needed. "There's tremendous opportunity now for individuals trained in health care administration, the management side of the industry," Williams says. That's because graduates with a health care administration degree have an understanding of health care economics, finance, law, and regulations, along with health organizations' specific HR needs, and how to measure patient satisfaction, Williams says.
What You'll Learn: Health services administration students usually take classes in long-term care and aging, human resources management, health care ethics, health care policy, and health care statistics, according to the College Board.
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Degree #5: Marketing

Marketing might be a good career choice for you if you are intrigued by trends and how they affect consumers. And it's exactly the importance of predicting those consumer trends that makes a marketing degree so appealing to employers.
"Nowadays, if a company does not have a chief marketing officer (CMO) at the table alongside the CEO, they are selling themselves short," says Joe Rojek, director of admissions and financial solutions at Olivet Nazarene University.
In fact, more and more companies are now employing marketing graduates to help them not only market a product but also conduct research that should be presented before creating or altering a product or service, Rojek explains.
What You'll Learn: Typical courses for marketing majors could include advertising and promotion, marketing management, marketing research and strategy, marketing communications, and consumer behavior, according to the College Board.
Potential career opportunities:

Degree #6: Accounting

If numbers and spreadsheets seem to call your name, a degree in accounting might be a good choice for you. And because accounting majors are exposed to all types of business organizations, activities, and transactions during their education, graduates have a lot of options once they start looking for work, explains Joyce A. Strawser, dean of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.
"[Accounting graduates] are excellent candidates for opportunities in finance, management, marketing, and other business domains," Strawser explains.
What You'll Learn: Students focusing on an accounting major are likely to take classes in accounting information systems, auditing, business law, and cost accounting, according to the College Board.

5 ways to decide if a master's is worth it

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Is grad school worth it?

Grad school costs time and money - but there are ways to determine whether it's worth it for you.

By Terence Loose
Are you considering going back to school for your master's degree, but wondering if it's worth it? After all, there are costs - financially and socially - to pursuing a graduate degree.
But the time, money, and sacrifice invested into a graduate degree may be worth it. The 2013 study, "Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment, and Earnings," by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce clearly demonstrates that master's degrees, on average, increase earning potential and decrease unemployment likelihood. But before taking this big step, there are some important questions you should ask yourself.
So we rang up Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce and coauthor of the "Hard Times" report, to get his take on how to decide whether grad school is right for you.

Can You Afford the Time?

Often, a master's degree is pursued by those who have already been in the workforce for some time, i.e., mid-career. That means that other obligations - a mortgage, job, family, or just a healthy social life - could give you pause. And the time factor is a valid concern, says Carnevale.
He says that studies have shown that ideally graduate school students should work only 20 hours a week or less. "We know that if you work more than 20 hours a week, it will hurt your academic performance. So a half-time job is good. A full-time job and going to college is tough," he says.
Tough, but doable. Carnavale says it will just require some good time-management skills.

Will a Master's Degree Help Advance Your Career?

Carnevale says that the majority of grad students pursue their master's degrees in order to advance their careers in the same field. And, he says, this usually results in the highest returns.
He says graduate school is often a solid way to help advance your career with a promotion and more pay. "That's because you're already in the door. You may not be in the office or job you want, but you're in the industry. So it's a fairly powerful synergy between the job and schooling," Carnevale says.
He adds that often employers are very encouraging of their employees going back to school for a master's, and there is an almost implied understanding that it's for the purpose of advancement.

Will a Master's Teach Me Marketable Skills?

If you're under the impression that most graduate degrees only result in a lot of "book knowledge" and are purely academic pursuits, think again. Carnevale says while those degrees certainly do exist, most master's are "professional" degrees. And for good reason.
"The faculty tends to be work-oriented. Students are often working, and the emphasis is on practical skills for the workplace," says Carnevale.
He says that if your master's degree "sounds like a job," it's probably teaching marketable skills employers will desire.

Will It Help Me Network?

Talk to some and they'll tell you that gaining connections is as important as gaining knowledge when it comes to pursuing a master's degree. And while that may or may not be true, networking is certainly an important part of the grad school experience.
"It's like joining a club. You're being taught by people and going to school with people who are intending to do the same sorts of things you are. Often, they're already working, and the fact that you know the students and professors often gets you a job in the field even before you finish," he says.
So, he says, networking might be the strongest argument for going to grad school.

Will You Get a Return on Investment?

Let's face it: Getting a graduate degree isn’t cheap, so you probably want to make sure that going back to school will pay off financially. Well, the good news for many areas, says Carnevale, is that it has a good chance of doing just that.
"A good example is a master's in psychology or counseling," he says. For someone with a bachelor's in psychology, the average salary is about $40,000, while someone with a master's in the field could make anywhere between $55,000 to $60,000, according to Carnevale. He says this is because it allows them to pursue professional counseling and social work.
He calls this is an example of "gotta-have graduate degrees" that are necessary for people who want to pursue work in particular fields. For others, such as elementary school teachers or nurses, a graduate degree is important for advancement in their careers.
"Then there are the ‘crazy-if-you-don't-do-it' master's degrees. Those are in such things as STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math]. The salary bump you get from getting a graduate degree in these is very large," he says.
Even with a bachelor's, Carnevale says you have a good salary potential of $55,000 to $60,000 in most STEM careers. "But if you get the master's degree, it'll take you up to $90,000. And in some cases, like engineering, it'll take you higher," he says. Hence, his label of "crazy if you don't."
After taking into consideration the other factors that come into play, let's check out a few master's degrees that might well provide that crucial ROI:

Master's in Health Care Administration (MHA)

Here's a degree that Carnevale says will likely be in demand in the decades to come, because our grossly mismanaged health care system will need people with management skills specific to health care to shape the future of this vital industry.
Potential Career*: Medical or Health Services Manager
Median
Annual Salary**
$88,580
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$150,560
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$53,940

Master's in Psychology

As Carnevale stated, this master's degree could help improve your salary and career. It's a must-have degree if you want to work as a professional psychologist in any area, he says. Plus, he adds, because many of these jobs are in health care, the nation's biggest driver of jobs, it could really pay off.
Potential Career:* Industrial Organizational Psychologist
Median
Annual Salary**
$83,580
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$168,020
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$48,780

Master's of Science in Nursing

This is a degree that will be more and more in demand, because nursing opportunities are growing due to the following reasons, according to the U.S. Department of Labor: technological advancements, increased emphasis on preventative care, and the aging baby boomer population.
Potential Career:* Nurse Practitioner
Median
Annual Salary**
$89,960
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$120,500
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$64,100

Master's Business Administration (MBA)

Carnevale says that despite a lot of claims in some circles that MBAs are not as hot as they once were, the data shows that an MBA is still a very well-rewarded degree. He says that the bottom line is that an MBA pays off, because employers know that a good MBA program prepares professionals in many areas, from marketing to human resources management to finance.
Potential Career:* Financial Analyst
Median
Annual Salary**
$76,950
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$148,430
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$47,130

Master's in Public Administration (MPA)

Carnevale says that an MPA has always been a smart choice for those who want to work in local and state governments, the defense establishment, government relations, and regulatory agencies. That's because these government agencies recruit MPAs above other master's degrees, he says.
Potential Career:* Political Scientist
Median
Annual Salary**
$102,000
Top 10 Percent of Earners
$155,490
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners
$49,290

Six booming careers that are here to stay


Careers That Are Here To Stay

Are you interested in a job that won't disappear anytime soon? Read on for six booming careers.

By Terence Loose
Could a robot do your job now or in the future? It's not a good feeling - to worry that you could be replaced by something with cameras for eyes and oil for blood. So if you're thinking of changing careers, you might want to choose one that has a good chance of avoiding the artificial intelligence revolution.
One good way of doing that is to stick to careers that require a person-to-person connection, says Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. These jobs will be difficult to automate or offshore in the future.
The other trick, of course, is to make sure a career has high demand and growth.
Checked out these six careers that should be around for the foreseeable future, robots or no robots.

Eternal Career #1: Registered Nurse

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 26 percent with 711,900 new openings
Taking your blood pressure, fine. Temperature? Okay. But when you need advice about recovering from an injury or help getting comfortable in a hospital bed, do you really think metallic grips and a digitized voice will suffice? We didn't think so. And according to Carnevale, we will need nurses for the foreseeable future.
Carnevale says that nurses will always be needed, because so far, no one has lived forever. "We all need health care sooner or later," he says. "So there's a nurse out there in all our lives."
He adds that he doesn't see them getting replaced by machines or off-shored because of the hands-on nature of their job.
What to Expect: If you like working closely with people to help them recover from injuries or illness, stay healthy with at home treatment, and manage chronic medical conditions, nursing might be for you since that's what they do, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nurses may also help doctors with diagnoses and trauma care.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says there are three common educational paths to pursuing the job of nurse - a bachelor's of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also have a license.

Eternal Career #2: Elementary School Teacher

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 17 percent with 248,800 new openings
It's pretty simple: Would you want a robot teaching your kid reading, writing, and arithmetic? Of course not. Plus, the need for education is not going away. Carnevale says that he can't see a day when elementary education is not mandated by the government, creating a steady need for teachers.
As for job openings and growth, he says there will be plentiful opportunities since teaching is a profession with some of the oldest workers. "So retirement of existing teachers will add openings to the new jobs created," he says.
What to Expect: Elementary school teachers do the very important job of teaching our next generation the basics of everything from math and reading to science and social skills, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
Education Options: All states require elementary school teachers to have a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and public school teachers must also be licensed, says the Department of Labor. And while private schools don't necessarily have the same requirements, the Department says they usually seek teachers with bachelor's in elementary education.

Eternal Career #3: Police Officer

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 8 percent with 54,600 new openings
Hollywood might enjoy imagining a future in which we are policed by droids or machines, but back here in reality, experts such as Carnevale are having trouble believing it. So a career as a police officer could offer some protection for you, as well as the people you serve.
"We will always need police officers, because we don't live in a perfect world," says Carnevale. So there will always be crime and laws to enforce - as long as we live in societies.
Again, as with teachers, Carnevale says retirement will add to the job opportunities for police officers. He adds that it's also a job in which employers are increasingly seeking out candidates with bachelor's degrees for entry-level positions.
What to Expect: Unfortunately, there will probably always be a need for the type of work police officers do. In this occupation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, an officer's duties range from patrolling areas and arresting suspects to filling out that infamous paperwork (maybe we can get the robots to do that part).
Education Options: Police candidates must have at least a high school diploma and graduate from their agency's training facility, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Many agencies also require a college degree or some college coursework.

Eternal Career #4: Social Worker

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 25 percent with 161,200 new openings
Can you imagine a future in which social work is automated or off-shored? "Please see the robot behind door number one for substance abuse, and the robot behind door number two for feelings of isolation in a digital age." Undoubtedly, this is another occupation that requires a human touch.
Much of social work falls under the heading of health care, the biggest driver of jobs of any industry, explains Carnevale. And, he says, as a compassionate society, this career will always be a staple of the health care field. He adds that there is an increase in the need for these workers, because baby boomers are reaching the age at which they are becoming more dependent on others and may need more counseling.
Carnevale also says that due to the very personal nature of social work, it's highly unlikely that these jobs will be replaced or off-shored. Apparently, computers and call centers don't do a great job with empathy.
What to Expect: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are two main types of social workers. One is a direct-service social worker, who helps people solve their everyday problems. The other type is the clinical social worker, who diagnoses and treats mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says that a bachelor's in social work is the most common required degree for this career, but the Department says employers may also accept a bachelor's in a related field like psychology or sociology.

Eternal Career #5: Medical and Health Services Managers

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 22 percent with 68,000 new openings
After witnessing the spaghetti bowl of red tape the health care system has become, no sane person could see its management as something to be automated or off-shored. Hence, Carnevale says administrative positions in health care will be with us for a while.
"Our health care system is grossly inefficient, and finding ways to make it efficient is vital," says Carnevale. That fact, he says, will create a great demand for good managers in the field.
Because of the intricacies and complexity of the work needed, it will be live humans working closely with institutions that fill these positions, Carnevale explains.
 What to Expect: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical and health services managers plan, direct, and manage health care facilities like hospitals, clinical departments, and even physicians' practices.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says prospective health care administrators have a bachelor's degree in health administration. It also says that master's degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, or business administration are common.

Eternal Career #6: Engineer

Job Growth 2010-2020:* 11 percent
Are you a tinkerer with a curious mind? Well, the role of engineer might be right for you, and if so, you may find yourself in demand in the future.
"Engineers are really innovators. They make things work. So engineering is expertise in problem solving," says Carnevale. And he doesn't see this innovative job going to computers or machines.
He says that while the need for engineers will never go away, the types of engineers in demand will change over time. "For instance, civil engineers are taking a hit right now, because building is down," he says, "but most experts expect that to turn around by 2016." In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor expects growth in this occupation from 2010 to 2020 to reach 19 percent with 51,000 new openings.
 What to Expect: Pursue the career of civil engineer and, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, you could end up designing and overseeing the building of large construction projects such as roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, and bridges.
Education Options: The Department of Labor says that civil engineers have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or one of its specialties. The degree program should be approved by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), which is required to work as a professional engineer.

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