Degrees That Could Be Good Investments

Degrees That Could Pay You Back

See which degrees could give you a good return on your educational investment.

By Yahoo! Education Staff

If you bought a stock or made an investment, you would expect a certain rate of return on your money. Right?

A degree is no different. When you invest in your education, you want to be paid back for your time and money with a career that has strong earning potential.

Check out six degrees that could prove to be solid investments.

Degree #1 - Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

Are you a natural leader? A degree in business administration could help you hone your communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. It could also open the doors to a variety of fields and opportunities - many of which have strong earning potential. From marketing to health care to public relations, employers need people with a good foundation in business administration to fill all kinds of positions.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to PayScale's 2010-2011 College Salary Report, the average starting salary for people with business degrees is $41,100. Mid-career salaries for people with business degrees average at $70,600.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Public Relations Specialist: $51,000
Corporate Finance Analyst: $73,150
Elementary or Secondary School Administrator: $83,000
Human Resource Manager: $96,000
Marketing Manager: $105,000

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Degree #2 - Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, few industries in the world are expanding as quickly as health care. Want a degree that could prepare you for this fast-growing field? With a degree in health care administration, you might be prepared to pursue a career that lets you provide patients with a positive health care experience - and potentially make a good living doing it.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to PayScale, the average starting salary for people with health care administration degrees is $37,700, and mid-career salaries average at $60,800.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Medical Office Assistant: $28,300
Health Information Technician: $30,610
Health Benefits Specialist: $53,860
Assistant Hospital Manager: $80,240

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Degree #3 - Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies

Intrigued by the legal world? Earning an associate's degree in paralegal studies could help prepare you to pursue a career path in the legal system without enduring three years of law school. According to the Department of Labor, paralegals are gaining new responsibilities in legal offices and now perform many of the same tasks as lawyers.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to PayScale, the average starting salary for people with paralegal studies degrees is $35,100, and mid-career salaries average at $51,300.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Paralegal for Employment Services: $50,050
Paralegal for Insurance Carriers: $52,200
Paralegal for the Federal Executive Branch: $58,540

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Degree #4 - Bachelor's Degree in Finance

Are you fascinated by the world of securities, investing, or personal finance? A degree in finance could prepare you to pursue a number of career paths from stockbroker to auditor to financial advisor. Careers in finance have the potential to be both personally satisfying - helping people plan for retirement, for example - and financially rewarding.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to the PayScale report, the average starting salary for people with finance degrees is $47,500 per year, and mid-career salaries average at a sizable $91,500 per year.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Mortgage Sales Associate: $40,150
Loan Officer: $54,700
Auditor: $59,430
Stock Broker: $68,680
Financial Advisor: $69,050

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Degree #5 - Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is listed as number 9 on CNN Money's top 100 "Best Jobs In America." Why? CPAs are needed in every sector of the economy - from government to private business to non-profit organizations - to make sense of the current economic turmoil and help businesses run smoothly.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to PayScale, the average starting salary for people with accounting degrees is $44,600, and mid-career salaries average at $77,500.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Bookkeeper: $32,510
Staff Accountant: $59,430
Financial Analyst: $73,150

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Degree #6 - Bachelor's Degree in Marketing

Are you the kind of person who loves persuading and motivating people? Are you in touch with what consumers want? A degree in marketing could prepare you to embark on a fun and satisfying career path in marketing or advertising.

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How it Could Keep on Giving: According to the 2010-2011 PayScale report, the average starting salary for people with marketing degrees is $38,600, and mid-career salaries average at $77,300.

Related Careers & Average Salaries:*
Marketing Coordinator: $32,261 - $44,819**
Meeting and Convention Planner: $44,260
Marketing Specialist: $35,426 - $51,999**
Marketing Account Manager: $80,220

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*Unless otherwise noted, all average salary information is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008.

**Average salary information from PayScale.com, "Salary Snapshot for Marketing Specialist Jobs"

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