The Most Employable College Majors

May 13, 2013 No Comments by

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, between 2010-2020, the U.S. is projected to add 20.5 million new jobs. This employment number reflects an overall growth of 14.3%! This is good news if you are a high school senior or a nontraditional student who will be attending college. 

How about a major that is listed as one of the most employable post-college graduation? Yes—some majors have more going for them in today’s job market than others. You should find out which ones are in the top 10. 

Here you go . . . . 

Economics. Okay—while this may not be the easiest major, it has a lot going for it. Do you like to spend hours your lunch break discussing what could be done to fix our country’s economic woes? Do you find pleasure in pointing out new strategies that might help our economic future? With a median salary of $89,450 (2010), according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), it may be the right major for you. While you’ll probably need a master’s or PhD to move beyond an entry-level job, if you can’t wait to dig into historical trends and jump into research, you should consider this major and visit Education Connection for more information. 

Mechanical engineering. Do you love science and math? Are you mildly obsessed with how things work? Does the thought of using a gas turbine thrill you? This major might be right up your engineering alley. Let’s see what the median pay looked like in 2010–$78,160. Not bad! You will need a bachelor’s and some colleges even offer 5 year programs in which you can earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Be sure to check out education.com and find out how you can get started earning your mechanical engineering degree online! 

Pharmacology. This major is one that will require more than a BA but the payoffs can be great long-term. In 2010, pharmacists made an average of $111,570 per year, according to the BLS, and the employment rate between 2010 and 2020 is supposed to increase by 25%. While you’ll need a doctoral degree, if you can’t wait to fill scrips and help patients, this major may be a real option for you. Of course, pharmacists do more than standing behind a counter and filling prescriptions. They may also work with insurance companies, keep up-to-date with the latest research in their field, and train interns or pharmacy techs. 

Student school counseling. You know you love working with children. Not only did you babysit since middle school, you know how to quickly calm down your little sister when she gets frustrated with her tying her shoelaces or how to help her learn her reading flashcards. Majoring in student school counseling could be great for you if you want to earn your master’s and work in a school setting with kids. You might collaborate with teachers to create individualized learning plans for students, promote awareness about bullying through presentations or provide counseling to groups or individuals. Student school counselors earn around $53,380 (2010 figure according to the BLS) and the job growth from 2010-2020 is supposed to be 19%. 

If you are interested in obtaining more info about any of these majors and would like to find out if these degree programs are offered online, head on over to education.com and chat with a consultant today. Don’t wait! Your future career awaits you! 

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