8 Most Useful College Degrees

By on September 8, 2018

As the another class of several million college graduates enter the workforce, those with the following college degrees listed on their résumés are likely to enjoy an easier transition than those holding fine art and social science degrees. From research on median salaries and current hiring statistics, we find that these ten college degrees are bringing graduates a return on their $60,000 educational investment.

  1. Computer Engineering/Computer ScienceMany college students major in computer science because they love video games but in reality, these degrees are far more complicated than the average gamer realizes. Whether you choose system engineering, software development or networking, these degree pay off big after graduation. Thanks to the technology boom, you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg to earn back the value of this college degree, because every company is need of some technical expertise and start-up companies are thriving with benefits packages other graduates are dying to score.
  2. Communications/MarketingWhether you aspire to write a popular blog, lead a team of art directors and advertisers, or head up the corporate communications division for a multinational business, being able to successfully deliver ideas to an audience is a crucial and marketable skill. Communications, journalism and marketing majors have a lot of flexibility in snatching up jobs offering entry-level positions upwards of $40,000 annual salaries.
  3. Criminal JusticeBachelor’s degrees in forensic and criminal science are in high demand with a number of social service workers about to hit retirement age. These majors offer graduates a number of different career paths including legal clerks, forensic investigators, lab analysts and more. Demand for these positions rarely wanes and a gap in the hiring market means gains for recent grads.
  4. EducationWith a growing world population, the world always needs more teachers. And although on average the salary is not as high nor the venue as glamorous as other careers, there is stability and employment benefits which continues to attract graduates. Despite economic pressures on educational spending there are plenty of positions for future educators.
  5. Nursing/Health SciencesAn aging and long-living society means there is an increasing demand for health care workers – a boon for recent health science graduates with median salaries begin around $40K. You will find yourself the backbone of a healthy community with useful service skills which earn enough to pay back an extensive educational investment.
  6. EngineeringEngineers are the builders and inventors of society. With a variety of major focuses, these graduates will find themselves building skyscrapers, repairing jumbo jets, inspecting oil refineries and designing military installations. Fortune 500 businesses utilize engineers for all types of projects offer major salaries in return. An engineering degree is very difficult but will likely lead graduates to a viable career path.
  7. Business Management/FinanceFrom planning to marketing, selling or operations management, businesses are always looking for a competitive edge when it comes to winning over consumers. If you’ve gotten these skills with your bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finances and you have an entrepreneurial spirit then you are on track to see major returns on your investment. Graduates are open to a variety of successful careers in management, corporate financial planning, product development and other jobs with median entry level salaries start around $40K.
  8. PsychologyFor those who pursued a degree in psychology, there are limitless possibilities for what they can do with that degree: social work, human resources, research studies, psychiatry or psychoanalysis. All are useful occupations, ones which many people rely on and are often sustained by government programs, health insurance and personal need. And though there are a number of casual psychology majors in college, many find they have employable skills beyond their social science colleagues.

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