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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.


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


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

Criminal Justice

From police departments to private security companies and jobs in the court system, there are many options to choose from once you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Here are just a few of the jobs you will be better qualified and prepared for:

• Corrections officer
ATF agent
• Court reporter
• Criminal law paralegal
• Fingerprint specialist
• Private investigator
FBI agent
• Fraud analyst

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.

You might also enjoy reading these articles:

The Benefits of Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
Business Degrees: Knowing the Difference and How to Choose

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