Four Degrees with More Career Opportunities than You Might Expect
By Dixie S.
There’s a growing belief that a college education isn’t as valuable as it once was in landing people jobs. But nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, there are lots of career opportunities available for you if you get a college degree. Michelle Obama recently told Howard freshmen that it’s important to get a major you are passionate about studying, and to take internships in that field to get career experience. Even if you don’t know of any career options in the field you enjoy, you might find that there are more opportunities than you think. Below are four majors in particular that can lead to more job opportunities than you could ever imagine.
Liberal arts degrees are not a career black hole. The truth is, those with a liberal arts degree are as likely, on average, to have a job offer when they graduate as those with degrees in the sciences. The reason is that a liberal arts degree offers such a wide variety of potential job opportunities. Employers like the broad-based education of liberal arts majors, as the degree enhances students’ analytical, communication and conceptual skills. With a liberal arts degree, you can go into business, social work, public relations, corporate training, journalism, speech writing and even sales.
Marketing is one of the most diverse business majors of all. It prepares you for a number of careers, including sales, marketing or product management, marketing research, advertising management, copywriting, public relations, human relations and restaurant management. You can also work in the high-demand field of logistics with a marketing degree, which entails coordinating the movement of goods from the manufacturer to the wholesaler or retailer.
Nursing majors are in no way confined to careers as nurses in hospitals, nursing homes or doctors’ offices. In fact, with a nursing degree, you can work as a healthcare recruiter, teacher, medical writer, patient advocate or nursing administrator. Another newer but growing career is nursing informatics, where you combine consulting with high-tech information systems. In the future, more nursing practitioners will become primary-care providers because of an increased demand for healthcare and shortage of doctors. Most nursing administrator, practitioner and informatics jobs require advanced degrees in nursing. And one way to meet the educational requirements of these positions is by going from an RN to an MSN online.
You have a wide variety of potential career opportunities in computer science, depending on your desire to write programs, process information or create game apps for mobile devices. Some of the more common careers include computer programmer, systems analyst, database administrator, software developer, web developer and software quality assurance tester.
The key to selecting a major is to choose something in demand that you like, and then start discovering all of the possible career paths you can take while in college.