Most Attractive Degrees in 2017


Most Attractive Degrees in 2017

Are you preparing to enter college at some point this year? If so, then you’re likely trying to determine what course of study you should take or what type of degree to pursue. Or, perhaps you’re just about ready to finish up your university studies and you’re wondering what the job market has in store for you? It’s a fact of life that some degrees carry a lot more weight than others and some industries have many more possibilities than others. So now that we’re already a month and a half into 2017, let’s look at some of the top degrees for this year.

Workforce Need Is Always Changing

Things can change fast in the business world as trends and technologies are always in flux. However, the bottom line is if you want to get hired, or at least have a greater chance of getting hired these are the most sought after types of degrees in the workforce right now. According to the results of a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the companies questioned shared which type of educational backgrounds or degrees were the most appealing to them. Here’s what they had to say.

Degrees Matter

Business administration and management degrees were the top choices for 86 of the 169 companies who participated in the survey. Likewise, the same number of companies also stated that those with a bachelor’s degree in accounting would also be just as attractive. The most popular choice, however, was anyone with a bachelor’s degree in finance, with 87 of the responding companies choosing that degree. Another important number from the study suggest that without some kind of degree finding a job will likely be more difficult, as 98 percent of the companies said they expect to hire people with at least a bachelor’s degree this year. Another 75 percent said they planned to hire candidates with master’s degrees, with MBAs being the most sought after course of study. Finance and accounting degrees were the next most popular master’s degrees.

Other Top Bachelor’s Degrees

If you’re not into finance or business, there are some other popular choices as well, including bachelor’s degrees in economics, which came in at number 10 on the list. Other good career choices included electrical engineering, logistics/supply chain, information sciences & systems, management information systems, mechanical engineering, and computer science.

Popular Master’s Degrees

Meantime, if you’re going to pursue a master’s degree or you will earn one later this year and want to know what your job prospects are looking like, here are some of the other most attractive master degrees to employers. Computer science, information sciences & systems, computer engineering, and management information systems. In addition, those with master’s degrees in marketing, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering are also strong choices.


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