College Majors That Are Always In Demand

Degrees of the Future

If you want to earn a degree that employers will always want, consider the following college majors.

By Katie Tandy

Do you want to earn a college degree that's in demand with employers?

Then we've got some great news: Certain majors will always be on employers' radars.

For example, accounting and communications degrees, according to Amanda Haddaway, a career expert with the career management site CAREEREALISM, will always be in demand because they are integral in keeping society, and more specifically businesses, running.

Keep reading to learn more about these hot degrees...

Degree #1 - Business Administration

If you're on the prowl for a degree that employers will always value, pursuing a bachelor's in business administration could be an ideal plan.

Evergreen Appeal: "Although many companies have slowed their hiring pace, a solid foundation of business skills is still desirable for many employers," which is why business majors are still in high demand, says Haddaway. "Skills in topics like accounting, finance, and marketing strategies - often required by a business major - are necessary in almost all organizations and thus, will always be attractive to employers."

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Degree Details: A business administration and management program teaches students how to "plan, organize, direct, and control an organization's activities," according to the College Board, an academic organization that administers tests like the SAT. To learn how to do such things, they may take courses in operations management, economics, and marketing.

Potential Career: Personal financial advisors usually need a bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Although employers don't require a specific major, a degree in business is one option to prepare for this occupation.*


Degree #2 - Accounting

Are you looking to earn an in-demand degree with staying power? How about one that could teach you how to best utilize your knack for numbers? If so, consider pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Evergreen Appeal: The skills picked up in an accounting degree will always be red-hot because "almost all organizations have some sort of accounting function," says Haddaway. "Even when times are tough, someone needs to be there to pay the bills and balance the ledger." And an accounting grad could be just the person for the job.

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Degree Details: In an accounting program, students may learn to record and analyze information about an organization's financial performance and risk, according to the College Board. Coursework may include a combination of business law, auditing, and government and not-for-profit accounting.

Potential Career: As you probably expect, this degree could prep you for a variety of number-loving careers. One example: tax examiner. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor says those who might want to pursue a career as a tax examiner need to complete a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field.*


Degree #3 - Health Care Administration

If you're a natural caregiver who wants to learn more about the health care field, pursuing a bachelor's degree in health care administration could be a great option. And if you're wondering how this degree might fare in the job market, you'll be thrilled to know that it's quite popular among employers.

Evergreen Appeal: "If you look at job outlooks for the foreseeable future, health care careers always rank near the top," says Haddaway. "Many hospitals are expanding to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Health care administration majors can fill these roles, as well as opportunities with health insurance companies."

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Degree Details: Students in this program may learn the different aspects of running health care facilities, says the College Board. In fact, courses may include everything from health care law and ethics to long-term care and aging.

Potential Career: Want to prep to pursue a management position in the medical field? The U.S. Department of Labor says "prospective medical and health services managers have a bachelor's degree in health administration."*


Degree #4 - Communications

Do you love all forms of media, from film and television to books and magazines? Are you hoping to find an in-demand degree that matches these interests? Completing a bachelor's in communications might be a perfect pursuit.

Evergreen Appeal: "In a world where the different modes of communication change monthly and any problem can be broadcast to the world in minutes, it is important to have people who know how to construct messages," says Bradley Brummel, a career expert and professor at the University of Tulsa. "Globalization adds even more emphasis on this degree."

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Degree Details: Communications majors may learn how to write and speak professionally, as well as how to deliver formal presentations, says the College Board. Courses may include media analysis and criticism, public relations writing, and argumentation and debate.

Potential Career: A bachelor's degree in communications is one option to help you prep to pursue a public relations management position, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.*


Degree #5 - Computer Science

If you're technologically savvy and want a degree that could evolve with the economy, going after a degree in computer science might be a smart decision.

Evergreen Appeal: "It's a techno-world that we live in and that's not going away anytime soon," says Haddaway. "Despite the recession, computer science [majors] are still very much in demand. There are steady opportunities in development, as well as consulting for other organizations on their technology needs."

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Degree Details: Individuals studying computer science could learn about the way humans and computers interact from a scientific perspective, says the College Board. Courses may include a variety of topics like programming - including Java and C++ - as well as the design of software.

Potential Career: Want to prep to be the creative mind behind computer programs? With this degree in hand, you could be ready to pursue a career as a software developer. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, software developers typically have a bachelor's degree in computer science or in a related field.*


Degree #6 - Education

If you thrive in the classroom and delight in helping others, pursuing a bachelor's degree in education could be a wonderful way to learn how to teach - while also impressing employers.

Evergreen Appeal: "The majority of education majors go into teaching, and there's still a very real need for new teachers entering the workforce," says Haddaway. "As baby boomers exit the teaching profession over the next several years, school systems will look to hire recent grads for their current teaching skills as well as lower salary demands compared to tenured teachers."

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Degree Details: Education programs teach students to design lesson plans and cover topics such as school health and safety issues, says the College Board. To help students build their teaching knowledge and strategies, common courses include education in a multicultural society, educational psychology, and teaching methods.

Potential Career: According to the U.S Department of Labor, kindergarten and elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor's degree in elementary education. If you want to work in a public school, it's good to keep in mind that you'll also be required to have a license.*


Degree #7 - Nursing

Do you have an interest in earning a nursing degree? If so, you'll be happy to know that it's a hot commodity among employers - and should be for quite some time.

Evergreen Appeal: "As with health care administration majors, there is also a growing need for nurses," says Haddaway. "Nursing majors who become board certified can obtain employment with private doctor's offices, hospitals, community clinics, and other local providers. Additionally, there's a growing demand for home health care providers and nurses who are willing to work abroad on aid missions."

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Degree Details: Nursing degree students learn to examine patients and treat their needs as well as promote better health, says the College Board. Some courses that students may take include psychology, adult nursing, chemistry, nutrition, microbiology, and anatomy.

Potential Career:  What kind of gig can you pursue with this degree? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, people pursuing an associate's degree or diploma in nursing from an approved nursing program could qualify to pursue a career as a registered nurse (RN). RNs must also have a nursing license, which they can obtain after passing the National Council Licensure Examination.*

*All potential careers information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition. Related careers were determined on the basis of the Handbook, which referenced the degree as being either required, preferred, or good preparation for the related career.


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