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5 Degrees with Career Versatility

March 20, 2019 10:32am

Are you contemplating going back to school to advance your career but not sure which degree to choose? There are a variety of careers you can earn that will give you an open door to professional flexibility after graduation. Check out these five degrees with career versatility.

Accounting

Most might think of numbers when thinking of the word accounting – someone sitting a desk with a calculator, figuring taxes. But the truth is that a degree in accounting opens the doors to a variety of careers:

• Tax examiner
IRS agent
• Personal finance advisor
• Cost estimator
• Management analyst

Business Administration

Sales, human resources, marketing…Welcome to the wide world of business, a profession where you can work in just about any industry! Whether you enjoy an office environment or a job that will have you up and on your feet, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration opens up diverse career options, including:

• Marketing
• Real estate
• Human resources
• Finance
• Management

Computer Programming

The ever-changing technology industry keeps computer programming jobs in high demand. From jobs involving researching, designing, and developing computer systems to positions analyzing and carrying out security measures to fend off cyberattacks – the options are vast in the computer programming field. The bonus is not only are these jobs in high demand – they are also in the higher pay range. According the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, depending on the career, the median salary for jobs in the computer programming industry range from about $60,000 up into the six-figure range. Here are just a few to choose from:

• Web developer
• App developer
• Database administrator
• Information security analyst
• Software developer

Education

Great teachers are always in demand. But if you earn your degree in education, you aren’t necessarily married to a career in the classroom. There are other paths you can choose that will grant you additional experience and skills in addition to teaching, especially for educators with a master’s degree. Here are a few of the other professions available to those with undergraduate and graduate degrees in education:

• School guidance counselor
• College admissions counselor
• University academic advisor
• Education consultant
• Instructional coordinator

Nursing (RN to BSN)

If you want to open the doors to real opportunity and career flexibility in the field of nursing, you should pursue your bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). While you won’t earn any more at the bedside with your BSN, you WILL position yourself for management positions that require a bachelor’s degree and in turn increase your earning potential. If you earn your BSN, you can explore a variety of positions both in and out of the hospital, including the following:

• Pediatric nurse
• Surgical nurse
• Hospice nurse
• Nursing manager or director
• Nursing educator
• Public health nurse
• Nurse case manager
• Charge nurse

Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information on how your degree relates to other careers and additional information on earning potential.

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