Degrees That Won't Limit Your Options

Five Most Versatile Degrees

If you want to earn a degree that gives you options come graduation, check out these five great options.

By Leslie Barrie

Thinking about going back to school, but want to make sure you earn a versatile degree that will give you options?

Good news: There are actually quite a variety of degrees that won't limit you when it's time to start your job search.

Keep reading to learn more about five degrees that won't pigeonhole you.

Degree #1 - Bachelor's in Psychology

If you're fascinated by psychology, you'll be happy to note that a bachelor's degree in the subject can actually be pretty flexible when it comes to potential opportunities.

In fact, according to career coach Kristin Taliaferro, "Liberal arts degrees like psychology are great for keeping a variety of career options open because the focus of study is broad, so you might be prepared for multiple paths."

Versatile career paths: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a bachelor's in psychology is one option to prep you to pursue careers such as a social worker or a survey researcher.

In addition, "most graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology find work in other fields such as business administration, sales, or education," notes the Department of Labor. Talk about options!

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What you might study: "Psychology majors study the way humans and animals act, feel, think, and learn," according to the College Board, an organization of colleges and universities that administers tests such as the SAT. Commonly offered courses include topics like social psychology, abnormal psychology, and cognitive psychology.


Degree #2 - Bachelor's in Communications

If you're a strong communicator, a bachelor's in communications might be the right degree to help you keep your career options open.

"A degree in communications will benefit you in many different careers, since excellent communication skills are essential for numerous jobs," says Taliaferro. "In fact, if you are a skilled writer, speaker, and communicator, you will edge out your competition during a job search, because many employers are looking for applicants with these skills," adds Taliaferro.

Versatile career paths: With a bachelor's in communications, you can prep to pursue the public relations field as a PR specialist, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

But that's not your only option. A bachelor's in communications is also one of the degrees employers prefer when looking for editor and reporter/correspondent candidates, notes the Department of Labor.

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What you might study: By studying courses like public speaking and public relations writing, a business communications major typically learns how to write, edit, and speak in a professional manner, according to the College Board. For example, students could give formal presentations to practice their communication skills.


Degree #3 - Master's in Business Administration (MBA)

Looking to earn a business degree that will keep your options wide open? Consider aiming for your MBA.

According to career coach Arlene Hirsch, many MBA programs require students to choose a concentration like marketing, finance, or advertising. "This concentration usually helps students define and prepare for multiple career options that capitalize on the skills and experience gained through their general business studies, as well as their area of concentration," says Hirsch.

Versatile career paths: Want to pursue a management position? You're in luck. An MBA degree is one educational route for many top executives, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

And if you're looking for another management option, many employers now seek candidates with a master's degree for financial manager positions, with business administration as a preferable field, according to the Department of Labor.

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What you might study: MBA students might take courses in management, leadership, and other business disciplines, according to the Princeton Review, an organization that offers test-preparation services. But before starting a program, please note that many MBA programs could require you to have several years of prior work experience.


Degree #4 - Bachelor's in Computer Science

Want to learn more about the ins and outs of computers? Look into pursuing a bachelor's in computer science.

According to Hirsch, this degree can provide the necessary knowledge and problem-solving skills for the tech field.

Versatile career paths: There are quite a few areas you could pursue with this type of degree. In fact, a bachelor's in computer science is a common credential to prep for tech careers like computer programmers or software developers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

And if that's not enough, this is also a common degree for pursuing a tech career as a computer systems analyst, the Department of Labor notes.

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What you might study: Computer science majors could learn how computer systems work and the ways humans interact with them, from a scientific perspective, says the College Board. As for courses, you may take anything from digital system design to software engineering to computer system organization.


Degree #5 - Master's in Public Health

If you're intrigued by community health and how diseases are spread, a master's in public health could prep you for multiple career options in the field.

Because public health graduate programs offer different types of specialties, there could be a variety of paths to explore - like anything from investigating communicable diseases to working with the mentally ill, says the Princeton Review.

Versatile career paths: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most epidemiologists earn a master's degree in public health, with an emphasis in epidemiology or a related field.

But that's not the only option for public health degree holders. Another potential career is a social and community service manager. For this role, a master's in public health is one of several degrees preferred by employers, notes the Department of Labor.

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What you might study: A student in a master's of public health program could learn about the health care system and how to assess health problems and risks, according to the Princeton Review. If this sounds interesting, common specialties within public health programs may include environmental health, health education, and epidemiology.


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