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Job Outlooks for Master's Degrees

Job Outlooks for Master's Degrees

July 21, 2011

Whether you’ve just completed your Master’s degree and are now entering the competitive job market or you’re still in undergrad considering a Master’s program to enter, the question you face is the same: Which field has the best job outlook? There are a number of fields that are doing well even post-recession, that you might not necessarily think of at first.

If you have a versatile Masters Degree, or are looking into getting an advanced degree in a specific field, take a look at these areas.

Nursing One industry that will continue to have demand is nursing. The health care field is never short of available jobs and an advanced degree in nursing will yield a promising career filled with advancement opportunity. Nurse practitioners, Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists and specialists all benefit from the rigors of an advanced education and reap the rewards of a gratifying job that pays well. If you want more information on what it takes to become a nurse, or what information is out there in your specific state, check out the Nursing Licensing Map.com.

Social Work As the population grows, so do the needs of individuals who are less advantaged. Social work is traditionally thought of as low paying field not worth the investment of an advanced degree. That couldn’t be more wrong at the moment with the increasing amount of loan forgiveness opportunities, as well as actual monetary increases with the degree. The demand for social workers who can address the needs of these populated communities is increasing. Thus, going forward social workers with masters degrees will find more numerous opportunities for job placement and advancement, with median incomes starting close to $50K a year.

Teaching Post-secondary teaching jobs currently have the highest number of job openings with a 38% increase in growth until the year 2018. With median incomes around $50K, a masters degree will help you to capitalize on these growing opportunities, along with their benefits and education-related salary bonuses.

Business Administration No one doubts the value of an MBA. In the market, it’s essential to stand out among your peers and to remain competitive by advancing your professional education. Whether you specialize in finance, marketing or even IT, you will reap the benefits of a rapidly growing and evolving sphere, with salaries reaching upwards of $100K per year.

Medical Scientists Research diseases, genetics and various ways to improve human health either in a hospital or research laboratory. Work in mental health and take advantage of an increased job growth of 40%. A PhD is required, but you’ll easily earn $72K or more to start and have the satisfaction of aiding humanity through your work.

Physician Assistants With job growth reaching 38% by 2018, physician assistants will see plenty of employment opportunities and can expect to earn a median income of $80K a year while providing primary medical care, including diagnostic and preventive care, and therapeutic services, all under a doctor’s supervision. You can also increase opportunities for advancement and earning potential by continuing your education and specializing in any number of fields, like pediatrics, oncology, cardiology and many others.

Veterinarians People love their pets and will stop at nothing to ensure their health and well being. Thus the need for veterinarians, who will see a 38% growth in jobs over the next seven years. With a salary of at least $72K, veterinarians can obviously work hands-on with pets and animals, but also behind the scenes doing research. Either way, an advanced degree in veterinary science will take you far in a rewarding career.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists Conduct research to help eliminate and / or reduce environmental hazards for the benefit of the planet and all its inhabitants. Few enter this field with only a Bachelor’s degree, but those with a Master’s will see rapid growth in employment opportunities through 2018 and can expect to earn around $60K a year.


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    Laura_Lynn

    about 2 years ago

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    Just having a Master's in Education is not enough to teach in the schools ! You ALSO need a Teaching License from the state. If you already have a teaching license, then adding a Master's is very valuable in that your salary increases considerably. Your best bet with just a Master's in Education or any field is to teach in a community college until you have experience and then you will be able to meet the requirements to teach at a university or 4-year college. Another option with a Master's in Education is to teach Adult Ed or apply for a job helping college students with their study skills.

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    NickP81

    about 3 years ago

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    I just received my Master's degree in Homeland Security and am finding it very difficult to get a government job with a federal or local agency. At this point I'm trying to get in by applying for administration jobs but even those seem scarce. I realize my degree does not have much versatility outside the government/criminal justice field. Any suggestions?

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    jmyers38

    about 3 years ago

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    I have a masters degree in psychology but because I have no clinical experience, I am not qualified and have not been able to find a way to do that when I have to work. I would like to go further but feel I am at a road block with limited resources.

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    rnielsen80

    about 3 years ago

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    I received a Master's in exercise physiology - it was a rigorous 2-year program. Want to know how much I was offered from the various hospitals and wellness centers in the tri-state area? Between 25-30K. Yes, what a joke. As a result I had to switch careers and now in the IT field, where I make more money with no formal education in this area. This is a prime example of a useless or non-terminal degree. I wish someone would have told me that while I was in school.

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    k5596t1

    about 3 years ago

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    while it is nice to know that I have the chances of securing jobs at the pay rate of 110K per year, so far, I have not been able to find one. when you live in the 'sticks' out of the major ciities, it is difficult for indivduals to get accepted inito the job market, regardless of how much knowldege, and skills you have. why? simple. the empoyers out in the rual communities desire and encourage individuals to seek high school diplomas, then college degrees. when we achieve the goals we have set, i.e. secure masters degree in management, organizational management, and science of management, no one within the community is williing to pay us for what you state is the amount we should get on the return on the educational dollars for our college degrees. not only do they turn us away, they also inform us, we have 'to much education' and as such feel we are a treat to them, simply because we 'know to much'. no, it does not matter if we are the children of poor or rich people within the community, or county. all the employers see us as a threat to their way of economic life. because of this, those attending colleges, universities, who earn their different levels of college degrees, are 'unofficiall' informed they are not welcome, when they are seeking positions within the communities they were born in, or where they wish to use this knowledge to increase the economic prosperity of the coummunityh, or the county. the employers simply do not hire you. thus, what they are doing, in real life, are creating future gost towns, simply because those who have formal college education, are not staying in the county, and raising families. the only citizens who live and work in the 'farming communities' are now getting paid minimum wage jobs. in real life, no one can actually live on minimum wage and secure a reliable car, purchase a home, get married, have kids, and save for their economic future, when they retire. -i.e., economic gost towns.

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    k5596t1

    about 3 years ago

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    while it is nice to learn those of us who have earned our masters degrees in management, should earn 100K plus a year, just exactly where are they???? so far, I have not been able to find them. you state that the jobs are open, yet where does one actually find them. remember, it is importnat not only to know what your education is worth, but where you can get the good paying jobs, and how do we find them. so far, in this depressed economy, finding them is the main problem for everyone who is out of a job!

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    Michanty_Battle

    about 3 years ago

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    What about Public Administration? I graduate with my MPA in March of next year and I've been struggling to find a job in my field.

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    jinsai1982

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    How about Information Systems?

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    Frank_Ball

    about 3 years ago

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