SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an exhaustive study of jobs in the United States that require a specific college degree, higher education resource The Best Degrees has published a report of the top 51 degrees based on job potential in the current U.S. economy. The study set out to identify the best degrees for students seeking both strong job opportunities and high earnings.
While most studies have concentrated solely on wage potential, this research also evaluated the volume of job seeker competition within each field along with a candidate's probability of securing a job offer following graduation. The published report effectively matches college degrees to the current needs of the U.S. economy. Data was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Primary criteria for report was the level of job opportunities per The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by BLS. Next, jobs were ranked by annual salary expectations as published by BLS wage data. Finally, jobs were associated with the degree required, with a separate section for degrees with competitive admissions.
According to this report, the Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Technology Management offers the best overall job potential in the current economic environment.
The top ten rankings include:
1. M.B.A. in Technology Management
2. Ph.D. in Computer Science
3. B.S. in Software Engineering
4. M.A. in Education Administration
5. M.S. in Geoscience
6. Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
7. Bachelor's Degree in Databases
8. Master's Degree in Operations Research
9. Bachelor's Degree in Computer Networks
10. Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
"We found a strong demand for degrees in technology, computers, and healthcare," explained Dee Barizo, editor of The Best Degrees. "We're excited to provide the information students need to make more informed choices in light of our shifting domestic and global economy." The study has been mentioned in the mainstream press and included on popular websites like Kiplinger, Brazen Careerist, and Wise Bread.
Additional highlights of the report include:
- Several highly ranked two-year associate degrees
- Relative absence of degrees in finance
- High potential of bachelor's degrees without additional graduate school
View the complete list of 51 degrees at: http://www.thebestdegrees.org/the-top-51-degrees-for-getting-a-job-and-making-money/
About The Best Degrees
The Best Degrees is a higher education resource that provides valuable information to help those entering or returning to college make more informed choices. The website has a special focus on online schools with recommendations for the best online programs in various fields and tuition rankings for online degrees.
SOURCE The Best Degrees