Top Ten Jobs of the future
Not long ago, a college degree was the best way to get a good job. Today, it does NOT guarantee anything. As more and more people have college degrees but could NOT perform well in their work, companies begin to focus on knowledge and skills that match their needs. It does NOT mean you do NOT need a degree or a college education but you must demonstrate that you have learned something valuable from your four years of education.
Since NO two degrees are alike, some have the potential for a higher salary and more opportunities when others may NOT be considered valuable or even accepted. Choosing the right degree from the right school is a very important decision. Therefore, students must do some investigation carefully BEFORE applying to any school or select any field of study.
For example, there is a critical shortage of technology workers and some students assume that anyone with a degree in engineering or computer science would be able to get a job. The fact is there are many college graduates with degrees in these fields but could NOT find a job because they do not have the skills or the school that they attend is not accredited. (Note: The U.S. have many non-accredited schools or self-accredited schools who prey on naïve students and lure them with scholarships and promises but the fact is their degrees are worthless.)
Based on the job market outlook, the next ten years will be dominated by Information technology so computers, software, and information technology are the best choice with high demand on the job markets. As technology continues to rapidly evolve, and more business is depending on technology and the need for graduates in these fields will continue to grow.
According to data from the U.S. Government, following are fields of study that have a top salary and high job growth and most of them are in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
- Computer: (i.e., Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data engineer, etc.). Average annual salary: $111,840. Expected growth: 12%
- Mathematics (i.e., Applied mathematics, Theoretical mathematics, Actuarial sciences, and accounting, etc.) Average annual salary: $100,610. Expected growth: 18%
- Information Technologies (i.e., Information System Management, Management of Information Technology, Web development, etc.) Average annual salary: $92,860 Expected growth: 12%
- Engineering: (i.e., Civil, Mechanical. Electrical, Chemical, etc.) Average annual salary: $83,540. Expected growth: 6%
- Statistics (i.e. Business Analysis, Financial analysis etc.) Average annual salary: $80,500. Expected growth: 14%
- Physics: Average annual salary: $74,870 Expected growth: 8%
- Chemistry: Average annual salary: $74,170 Expected growth: 2%
- Accounting Average annual salary: $68,650 Expected growth: 11%
- Nursing : Average annual salary: $68,450 Expected growth: 16%
- Biology Average annual salary: $60,000 Expected growth: 6%
- Blogs of Prof. John Vu, Carnegie Mellon University