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10 Degrees for In-Demand Jobs

Getting a college degree involves significant time and a big financial investment. You’ll want to make sure to choose a major that not only provides you with an enjoyable career, but one that also leads to an in-demand job with good pay and benefits.


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Utilizing sources like Forbes, The Best Schools, and USA News, we’ve compiled a list of the careers students should consider and the degrees they’ll need.

  1. Marketing manager
  2. Occupational therapist
  3. Actuary
  4. Financial advisor
  5. Accountant
  6. Mechanical engineer
  7. Civil engineer
  8. Nurse
  9. Software engineer
  10. Hardware engineer


Find out which degree you’ll need to land  your ideal job below!

Marketing Manager

What they do: Marketing managers are in charge of a business’s marketing department and are responsible for the marketing staff. They work with their team to develop and implement marketing strategies.

Degree needed: B.S. in Marketing

Occupational Therapist

What they do: Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

Degree needed: B.S. in a related field and and M.S. in Occupational Therapy


What they do: An actuary is someone who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums.

Degree needed: B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics

Financial Advisor

What they do: A financial adviser is a professional who guides clients in financial management and renders financial services to clients who may include corporations, individuals, or insurance companies.   

Degree needed: B.S. in Economics and Finance


What they do: An accountant records, classifies and summarizes financial information for companies and organizations.  Accountants are responsible for determining the overall financial health of an entity.

Degree needed: B.S. in Accounting

Mechanical Engineer

What they do: Mechanical engineers apply engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.

Degree needed: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineer

What they do: Civil engineers design, build, operate, and maintain structures and infrastructure like roads and and bridges.

Degree needed: B.S. in Civil Engineering


What they do: Nurses administer care to people who are sick or injured. They also provide preventative care to patients.

Degree needed: B.S. in Nursing

Software Engineer

What they do: Software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of software and the systems that enable computers to perform applications.

Degree needed: B.S. Computer Science

Hardware Engineer

What they do: Hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers.

Degree needed: B.S. Computer Science


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