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Four Degrees Most Sought by Employers

Higher Education Articles November 14, 2012

If you want to return to school to continue your education, but you are not sure about the field to pursue, then this article is for you.

Before you decide what to study, you must consider what degrees are likely to attract employers who tend to favor holders of certain degrees compared to others. In this article, I will tell you about the degrees that are most marketable to employers (this is based on a survey done this year by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE)).

Degree in Business Administration

The study showed that business administration degrees were the most sought after by employers, with about 48.5% of employers expressing desire to engage graduates in business management or administration. Students of business administration are taught how to manage a company’s activities by a combined process of directing, organizing and planning. Business Administration degrees generally cover areas such as marketing, operations management, business law and business ethics.  These graduates can aspire to become budget analysts and financial analysts, which are just two of a host of career paths they can pursue.

Degree in Accounting

The NACE survey showed a bachelor degree in accounting to be the second most sought after by employers looking to recruit (about 59% said they would hire accounting graduates during 2012). This huge demand is owed to the increasing complexity of new legal requirements and regulations where employers want to avoid problems and look for guidance to satisfy auditors. Apart from financial reports and number-crunching, these degree courses cover areas such as tax accounting, auditing and accounting information systems. Accounting degree prepares students for career paths such as revenue agent, tax examiner, auditor, or accountant.

Degree in Psychology

The NACE survey revealed psychology degree to be the most sought after (of liberal arts degrees) by employers 71.4 percent of whom plan to hire psychology graduates this year. Taught to understand the human condition, psychology graduates are ideally suited for employment relating to human resources. Social psychology, perception and sensation are typically pursued by psychology students. These graduates can seek employment in social work or a survey researcher.

Degree in Information Systems & Information Technology (IT)

The NACE survey revealed that computer and information sciences graduates were sought after by 59.3 percent of employers with about 43.5 percent of them planning to hire tech bachelor degree holders this year. The job market in the field of IT & information systems have been favourable for several decades, and that trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. A degree is expected to provide an IT professional an advantage over others who are self-taught. Crucial communication, research and business needs of companies are met by computing and information systems. The most popular courses relate to web technologies, database management systems and computer networking. Tech graduates can pursue a career as managers, team leaders or engineers working with information systems. They can aim to become a system or network analysts and programmers.

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