4:10pm, April 9th, 2014, Topics: college major, emerging fields, majors, employment
There's good news for students looking for college majors with great employment prospects. Employers are looking for students with a background in several traditional fields, and colleges are creating new majors in emerging areas. The following are 11 hot majors you might want to explore.
The folks standing at the intersection of the life sciences, engineering and medicine can enjoy exciting work – and a stable job outlook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the biomedical engineering field will see 62 percent growth in jobs between 2010 and 2020.
This field teaches students how to build automated identification devices, such as facial recognition systems. The biometrics industry is expected to grow to $363 million by 2018, according to New York-based Transparency Market Research.
Forensic science students learn how to use technology to analyze evidence. As technology evolves, more professionals are needed to operate the new, sophisticated tools to prevent and investigate crimes.
Computer Game Design
The global market for video and online games is expected to reach $82 billion by 2017, according to DFC Intelligence, a San Diego-based market research company.
To succeed, designers must learn animation, audio design, programming and production management skills.
Large companies and governments have made protecting their computer systems a top priority. Between 2014 and 2016, the Pentagon plans to add more than 4,000 experts at its Cyber Command. Students who specialize in cybersecurity can also expect to find openings in health care, energy, and at security services firms.
Data science draws from various fields, including math, statistics and computer science.The International Data Corp., a technology market research firm, says the global volume of computerized data is doubling every two years. This will help create some 4.4 million jobs worldwide by 2015, estimates technology research firm Gartner Inc.
People employed in business analytics use data and statistical methods to examine business performance. Courses focus on computer software, math, statistics and communication skills.
New technology has created access to shale formations thought unproductive 10 years ago. To tap these reserves, a new crop of petroleum engineers will be in demand.
Two factors give public health majors rosy prospects: the threat of global epidemics, and the part of health reform that focuses on prevention. Students can focus on the scientific aspects of the discipline, the statistical angle or policy, and find work in hospitals, nonprofits and community health centers.
Between 2012 and 2020, robotics could create between 2 million and 3.5 million new jobs, according to Metra Martech, a London-based market research firm. The field is multidisciplinary, drawing on aspects of computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, psychology and many other disciplines.
New and retooled environmental degree programs are placing fresh emphasis on practical problem-solving, a skill enticing to employers. Sustainability managers in all sorts of companies and organizations look for ways to improve efficiency and decrease waste and pollution.