Higher education may be getting more expensive, but a college degree is necessary to compete for jobs in many industries. College should be healthy mix of passion and pragmatism, and it’s important to pursue the things you love while recognizing the fields that give you the best chance of finding a job upon graduation.
According to research by CareerCast.com, here are the majors with the best career prospects. We also provided the median salaries of various jobs in each industry based on Salary.com data.
They say numbers don’t lie, but did you know they can also get you a job? The employment rate for recent accounting majors is over 90%, and the need specifically for accountants will grow by 10% in the next eight years, according to CareerCast.
Accountant I - $50,897
Accounting Supervisor - $79,934
Accounting Manager - $98,198
2) Business Management
Business management can get your foot in the door in many industries, including hospitality and tourism management, human resources, and health care – just to name a few. You might be surprised to learn that “Medical Services Manager” has a growth outlook of 20% – and is a great path for a Business Management graduate.
Hotel Manager Assistant - $56,758
Human Resources Manager - $100,647
Business Development Manager - $120,708
Chemistry is a gateway to several high-paying careers, including the pharmacy or engineering realms. These types of roles require graduate education.
Chemical Engineer - $74,667
Pharmacist - $128,622
Physician, Hospitalist - $222,363
4) Computer Science
There are few fields talked about more these days than computer science. Even folks with no interest in a CS-driven career are looking to add some basic coding to their skillsets. If you’re interesting in software development or a wide variety of tech positions, CS is a great college major.
Web Software Developer - $79,055
Mobile Applications Developer - $88,407
Java Developer, Sr. - $105,269
The finance industry provides jobs for graduates that pace well ahead of job market averages. According to CareerCast, Financial Analyst roles have a growth outlook of 11%, and Personal Financial Advisor roles have a growth outlook of 15%.
Financial Analyst I - $56,116
Financial Associate (Corporate) I - $64,910
Financial Analysis Manager - $115,402
6) Information Systems
Cloud-based technology will continue to transform several industries – and the job market. A degree in Information Systems opens up doors to jobs that don’t even exist yet.
Information Technology Generalist - $62,831
Information Technology Supervisor I - $82,004
Information Security Analyst IV - $114,932
7) Marketing and Market Research
Trust us, fellow writers - we are aware of the hardships faced by journalism and other fields under the “communications” umbrella. Luckily, you may be able to apply those skills to marketing and market research jobs – which yield a 94% employment rate for folks in those majors, according to CareerCast.
Market Research Analyst I - $58,169
Content Specialist - $66,906
Marketing Communication - $124,782
If you were an ace at math in high school, you might want to consider studying it in college. Several different mathematics careers appeared at the top of CareerCast's Best Jobs of 2018 report, including the ones we've listed below.
Statistician I - $54,193
Actuary I - $68,051
Data Scientist III - $103,032
9) Mechanical Engineering
Many engineering jobs require workers to attend graduate school, but mechanical engineering majors can apply their B.A. to jobs in several industries, such as automotive, robotics and construction.
Mechanical Engineer I - $66,542
Mechanical Engineering Supervisor I - $85,022
Project Engineer III, Construction - $109,572
Nursing graduates enjoy one of the highest employment rates of all degrees. These types of roles also continue to be in high demand.
School Nurse - $48,767
Staff Nurse – RN – Occupational Health - $83,997
Certified Nurse Midwife - $105,785
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Whether you go for one of the entry level jobs on this list, or are further along in your career and are applying for a mid- or senior-level position, it’s important to properly negotiate your compensation. Salary.com can help.
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