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Jobs and Degrees in High Demand

How does the future look for advanced-degree holders?

U.S. job outlook

Despite the struggling economy, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that some of the country’s fastest-growing occupations will include openings for advanced degree holders. Examples: biomedical engineers, diagnostic medical sonographers, market research analysts, marketing specialists, marriage and family therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, postsecondary teachers and elementary teachers.

Green jobs: new and emerging occupations

A current trend in the U.S. workforce is the growth of new and emerging occupations related to the “green economy.”  This job sector encompasses jobs related to reducing fossil-fuel use, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy. This is great news for scientists and engineers across numerous disciplinary areas. Less obvious: The demand for architects, public-relations specialists, urban planners and financial analysts.

Options for doctorate holders

Nationally, about 80 percent of doctoral degree holders seek jobs outside of academia. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the projected growth rate is on the rise for many disciplines including Animal Scientists (10-19 percent); Astronomers (10-19 percent);  Biochemists and Biophysicists (29 percent or faster); Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists (20-20 percent);  Computer and Information Research Scientists ( 10 to 19 percent);  Physical Therapists (29 percent or faster) and Postsecondary teachers (10-19 percent). The US Census Bureau offers this infographic on lifetime salary estimates for advanced degree holders. 

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