Make the right choice when choosing your graduate degree

choosing a graduate degree
It's common knowledge that in today's increasingly competitive job market, it's important to give yourself every advantage possible. One possible way to enhance your access to potential career opportunities is to pursue a master’s degree. However, with a huge field of graduate degrees ranging from the conventional to the esoteric, choosing which one to pursue can be a daunting experience.

If you're looking to graduate school to potentially enhance your opportunities in the job market, you'll need to first understand that not all graduate degrees are created equal. When it comes to post-graduate studies to supplement your resume, there are some degrees that may be more in demand than others in the current job market.

What's big?

Fortunately for the prospective graduate student, there's an extensive body of data that may help students select graduate degrees that may help them develop in demand skills, figure out which fields other people in their demographic are pursing advanced degrees.

For example, the National Center for Education Statistics reported the most popular master's degree men tend to pursue is business administration. Electrical, electronics and communication engineering sits in second place at 2.8 percent. Degrees for women tend to be more varied - while still being led by business administration that represents only 11 percent of degrees, followed closely by education at 5 percent.

What will be big?

Of course, the savvy applicant will want to know not only what is currently popular, but what is going to be popular in the future. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the field projected to experience the fastest growth between 2012 and 2022 is industrial organizational psychology.

Not surprisingly, the ever-taxed health sector is facing a surge in employment prospects as well, with a variety of medical fields, especially personal and home care aides, experiencing rapid growth in the coming years.

In fact, even if medical school proper isn't part of your plan, there are still a variety of health-related fields that may offer potential career opportunities. According to the BLS, a degree in physician assistant studies not only comes with a median salary estimate of $98,800, but is also projecting a 30 percent increase in employment for jobs in the field between 2012 and 2022.

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