This post is from guest author Logan Randall
There are very few things in the world more depressing than looking at a rough $70,000 of debt, and having no job. This is rock bottom, folks. This is also the average college graduate. Unlike the students who already have college paid for, students who are using financial aid to pay for school must make a sound decision as to what they will get a degree in — something that will pay off in both their time and investment. As of today, here are the best degrees that will pay off long term.
Computer science majors are in high demand across a variety of technical platforms, dealing with both hardware and software applications. Students will learn the essentials of business technology by being exposed to areas like robotics, natural language recognition programs, artificial intelligence, language programming, numerical analysis, gaming technology and more. The overall focus for computer science majors is problem solving, regardless of the specific industry. Those holding a computer science degree can make upwards of $60,000 per year.
Considered as one of the top careers to have, encompassing over 40 different types of degrees and careers, engineering is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decade. According to a salary data chart from the US Department of Labor, some of the highest paying engineering jobs include: petroleum, electrical, computer, aerospace, and chemical engineering; these are all based on a salary data chart from the US Department of Labor along other reputable sources. Those holding an engineering degree will, on average, make upwards of $60,000 per year, though it is common for many engineering jobs to pay well over that amount, into the three-figure income.
There isn’t much stipulation as to whether students should pursue a business degree due mostly to the notion that business majors aren’t pinned to a single career, and this can be daunting to many graduates. Business majors, however, will be prepared to work in a variety of settings including business, government, nonprofit organizations and more. Specific jobs can include: accounting, finance, business management/administration, marketing, and sales. Many business majors pursue a business of their own, encompassing all positions in an office setting. Those that work for an already established company and hold a business degree can can make upwards of $54,000 per year.
Communications is another degree many undergraduates are unsure about when it comes to understanding exactly how it is utilized in a career. Resource teams value communications graduates within businesses to help recruit, train, and keep valued employees from leaving. Depending on the type of business a company conducts, many communications graduates are put to work effectively communicating within customer/client departments such as public relations and marketing.
Digital Communications is also an option. More creative careers are involved, including the world of digital media, and developing social media marketing skills. The average communications major can get paid upward of $43,000 per year.
Maths & Sciences
Obtaining a degree in math and science is about understanding the fundamentals of applied mathematics. This will prepare the graduate for careers in natural science, computer science, social science, and business.
Companies are increasingly adopting new technologies and larger means of research in an attempt to boost business quotas, and office workflow, math and science graduates will be highly sought after. Experts are predicting the math and science field will grow 28 percent over the next few years. The average salary for a math and science graduate can be upwards of $55,000.
Investing in college is more than just a major investment, it’s a gamble, and a decision that will determine a future career. Going blindly into a degree program with little interest and a low-paying job market is unwise. Take charge of your career, and make it a degree that will later be profitable and fulfilling long term.