Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Where the Best Jobs Are Today
What are the best college majors for students who want a lucrative career and low unemployment in their field? Recently, the Kiplinger magazine ranked the top ten (you can find the slideshow here: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-10-best-college-majors-for-a-lucrative-career/index.html), starting with “Pharmacy and “Pharmaceutical Sciences,” where starting salaries average $42,100 and mid-career salaries average $120,000. Unemployment rates for these graduates are 2.5%, and job growth is projected at 36.4% a year. This degree leads to a career as a pharmacist or researcher in the pharmaceutical industry (designing and developing drugs).
Second on the list is “Computer Science,” with a starting salary averaging $58,400, mid-career: $100,000. Job growth is projected at 18.7% a year, and the unemployment rate for these graduates is 4.7%. Students are advised to master computer languages C++ and Java, and be prepared to work in artificial intelligence, computer system organization and digital system design.
Third? “Civil Engineering” ($53,800; $88,800, 19.4% job growth and 4% unemployment rate). These are the people who design and supervise large construction projects--like airports, sewer systems and tunnels.
Numbers four through ten are “Information Systems Management” (which marries computer courses with project management skills); “Nursing;” “Information Systems” (implementing technology within a company or organization, often best supplemented with a minor in business); “Finance” (requiring economics, statistics and calculus, plus accounting and financial markets courses); “Mathematics” (mastering number theory and real analysis for work with government and scientific research teams); “Information Science” (database management and programming, plus study of human-computer interaction); and “Construction: (requires a solid foundation of math and science courses, including the physics of building a structure and the accounting to build the budget for it).