This article appears in College Prep 2019.
Want the perfect job offer before you’ve even crossed the stage at graduation? It’s possible. These majors will prepare you for well-paying careers with steady growth or constant demand.
- Nursing: You should be comfortable with the sciences because you’ll take courses like anatomy, chemistry, microbiology and nutrition. Your major will also include hands-on experience through supervised clinical internships. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing predicts nursing shortages over the next few years, so employers will be eager to hire. And it’s not uncommon for health care employers to offer sign-on bonuses, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for a well-paying job offer.
- Accounting or finance: Every organization needs an accounting department. Plus, with the complexity of financial investing, analysts and advisers are in high demand. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers named accounting and finance the top two in-demand degrees for 2018. You’ll take classes like financial markets and investing, microeconomics, macroeconomics and economic theory.
- Computer science: Whether you want to be a software engineer, app developer or systems administrator, computer science will give you the right foundation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in this field are projected to grow 13% in the next decade, faster than most occupations. To make yourself extra-marketable, take classes on cloud computing, big data and information security.
- Business administration: Business administration offers highly practical skills students can apply in many different industries. Business administration was the third most in-demand major among employers in 2018, according to NACE. You’ll learn how to analyze an organization’s strengths, manage operations and improve profits. Add an accounting or marketing minor to boost your resume. There are also majors that combine business administration with a growing industry, like construction or health care.
- American studies: This liberal arts degree focuses on American history, society and culture. An American studies major is attractive to many employers because it requires students to do in-depth research and analyze critical issues. Developing these skills prepares you for work in law, journalism, academics, government, business and other industries. Business publisher Kiplinger even identified the field as a top major for career success.
Above all, it’s important to consider your natural skills and personality. Will you enjoy a career in this field for many years? Be sure to balance practical concerns with your quality of life.