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Five Bachelor Degrees with High Pay Potential

Higher Education Articles November 20, 2012

There are several degrees that can get you a job with high earnings potential even in a recessionary economy. A college degree will be needed for sixty-three percent of jobs available in 2018 (source: 2011 Reuters article). In this article, I will take a look at five collge degrees you can pursue if you seek high earnings potential.

Bachelor Degree in Business

If you have a penchant for finance while being the “jack of all trades,” and seeking a career with excellent earnings potential; you should consider earning a business degree. Coursework includes leadership, global marketing and business management to prepare for a career as a marketing strategist, cost estimator, business analyst, or human resource manager.  On average, a bachelor degree holder in business earns $41,000, the average annual salary increase to $70,500 during midcareer (source: PayScale’s College Salary Report).

Bachelor Degree in Information Technology (IT)

If you want to be up-to-date on the latest technologies and seeking a career with excellent salary potential; you should consider earning a degree in IT. Coursework includes system analysis, database administration and programming to prepare for a career as a web programmer, database administrator, application systems analyst, or software developer.  On average, a bachelor degree holder in IT earns $48,300, the average annual salary increase to $78,500 during midcareer (source: PayScale’s College Salary Report).

Bachelor Degree in Paralegal Studies

If you fantasize about being a detective along with great organizational skills and seeking a career with excellent earnings potential; you should consider earning a degree in paralegal studies. Courses are geared at making you adept in performing legal research, maintaining legal schedules and gathering information.  You can pursue a career with a private law firm, government agency or corporate law department. On average, a bachelor degree holder in paralegal at entry-level earns $35,300, the average annual salary increase to $53,500 during midcareer (source: PayScale’s College Salary Report).

Bachelor degree in Computer Science

If you are a computer geek and seeking a career with high earnings potential; you should consider earning a degree in computer science. Coursework includes web authoring, statistics and calculus that geared towards making you adept at creating databases and using statistics to troubleshoot or to create reports.  You can pursue a career as a web developer, systems developer, application support analyst or software engineer. On average, a bachelor degree in computer science at entry-level earns $56,600, the average annual salary increase to $97,900 during midcareer (source: PayScale’s College Salary Report).

Bachelor degree in Health Care Administration

If you love helping people along with great organizational skills and seeking a career with excellent salary potential; you should consider earning a degree in health care administration. Coursework includes a combination of subjects such as management education, business and health care.  You can pursue a career as an assistant health services administrator (in a hospital), health services administrator (in a physician’s office) or health information manager. On average, a bachelor degree holder in health care at entry-level earns $36,700, the average annual salary increase to $60,900 during midcareer (source: PayScale’s College Salary Report).

(Wage data source: PayScale’s 2011-2012 College Salary Report).

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