Computer science and engineering are among the six majors and fields of study that can best prepare students to secure a job of the future, according to a new study from Indeed.
“Our recent research tells us that the most high-potential jobs of the future are concentrated in a relatively few key sectors, creating both an opportunity and challenge to students figuring out a major,” said Tara Sinclair, chief economist for job site Indeed. “Gone are the days when a college degree could guarantee financial security–-it is increasingly important for job seekers to think carefully about where their studies will lead them.”
Students looking for strong career paths in the future should consider majors such as computer science, engineering, healthcare administration, and finance, according to Indeed’s findings.
As of 2014, business, health services, and biological and biomedical services were among the country’s top five most popular majors, while engineering ranked eighth, and computer and information services came in at 11, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“If you’re interested in computer science, engineering, or another area with high demand and potential for strong salaries, the data shows it would be smart to consider a major in the field,” Sinclair said. “However, if you’re focused more on the liberal arts, you may want to look to supplement your degree with additional courses or relevant work experience through a part time job or internship.”
Overall, getting a college degree is a benefit to landing a job of the future, as 75 percent of opportunity jobs require a 4-year degree.
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