On March 4, 2013, The New York Times reported that although profits in the U.S. are going up, unemployment remains high. With the job market as uncertain as ever, it’s vital for incoming college freshman to think about careers that will be both economically lucrative and stable in the years to come. The following are the 15 most in-demand degrees for 2013.
Wall Street is the backbone of the nation’s economy, so you’d be hard-pressed to make a better investment that getting a degree in finance. It’s one of the top-paying college majors and will make you eligible for such positions as credit analyst, financial officer, financial adviser, and investment banker.
The computer industry is at the forefront of modern innovation, and having a computer science degree will put you in prime position for a job at a company like Google, Apple, or Microsoft.
The American healthcare system is constantly evolving. As the industry continues to grow and adapt, more people with backgrounds in healthcare management will be needed. A degree in healthcare administration can help you secure a job at a hospital, urgent care clinic, nursing home, or public health agency.
People will always be needed to run businesses. The biggest advantage to having a degree in business administration is that you’ll learn core principles that will be applicable to a vast range of careers: economics, business law, and marketing, to name a few.
If you’re interested in a career centered on helping others, a degree in public administration may be up your alley. You’ll develop the skills necessary to bring people of different backgrounds together to create positive changes within a community. You’ll also be eligible for positions in both the public and private sector.
Forensics and Criminal Science
In 2011, violent crime in North America rose by 18%. The silver lining to this otherwise unfortunate news is that anyone interested in pursuing a degree in forensics and criminal science will find no shortage of work. Possible career paths include forensic engineer and crime laboratory analyst.
The United States is constantly expanding its national security apparatus. A degree in Homeland Security will set you on track for a career in law enforcement, cyber security, and emergency management.
As long as people and businesses are making and spending money, accountants will be needed to keep track of it all. With an accounting degree, you can become a C.P.A or work in-house for virtually any company imaginable.
Engineering encompasses a wide range of fields: electrical, computer, mechanical, chemical, aeronautical, etc. These fields, like computer science, are at the forefront of innovation and command high salaries.
As we move further into the future, there will be growing demand for green technology, companies, and social models. With a degree in environmental studies, you’ll be sure to find a great job as well as make the world a better place.
31,335 market research analyst and marketing specialist jobs were added to the U.S. labor pool in 2010. It’s hard to argue with these numbers or with the fact that people with marketing experience are essential to the health and vitality of a company.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment growth for registered nurses will grow by 26% between 2010 and 2020. There are several avenues to obtaining a nursing degree. You can aim for a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate’s degree, or a diploma program offered by a hospital.
An economics degree, like most finance-related fields, offers a plethora of work opportunities at the higher end of the pay scale, but private sector work will certainly pay more than working for the public sector.
With a solid background in the fundamental workings of the universe, the sky is the limit. A physics degree can earn you a position anywhere from a high school to a museum to the U.S. military.
Graphic design jobs are expected to grow by a whopping 61% from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Companies of all stripes are seeking capable artists to design websites, book covers, movie posters, product labels, etc.
Rachel is a blogger for MAP Career Management who has a team of career counselors in Houston, TX that help assess their client’s marketable skills and evaluate future job opportunities.
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