Degrees for the Future: How to Get Education with a Competitive Edge

Most readers of this blog and members of my career mentoring site are young professionals who have already chosen a career path.  However, there a few who are still trying to figure out what they want to do with their life and career.  Many of these folks are thinking about returning to school.

Recently, Brooke Chaplan sent me an article about degrees for in demand fields that my help you decide what type of post graduate education you might want to consider.  Check it out…

News watchers know that the economy in the United States and elsewhere has improved significantly in the last half-decade. But it is also a changed market that new job seekers will be entering. What once looked like solid job prospects have either diminished or changed so radically (like marketing and journalism), that many people are falling behind. Other industries’ days have come and gone rather rapidly due to fast changes in technology and internet services, or dried up faster than a natural gas well. But even with fiscal uncertainties continuing, experts don’t feel this is any time to give up on your goals for a college degree. On the contrary, there are several specific fields that show great promise for both jobs in the immediate aftermath of graduation, and ones that promise job security for decades to come.

Civil Engineering
Engineers with a degree in this field are currently, and will continue to be, much wanted due to explosions both in construction and infrastructure repair. Civil engineers are in high demand these days due to an industry shortage, and masters in civil engineering students who want to specialize in things like environmental design may find future job offers growing exponentially.

Construction Management
A victim of the Great Recession, the construction industry has rebounded impressively, and is projected to do so well into the 21st century, but there’s a problem. Not only have skilled workers not returned to their former professions, neither have the construction managers who supervise almost every aspect of construction projects. These are well-paying jobs that require everything from good public speaking and writing skills, to detailed architectural knowledge. It’s a great opportunity to find ways to use your leadership skills in a career that really pays off, and if you’re interested in finding some opportunities you can look on Indeed or even look at some of the best lead generation websites for contractors to start your own venture.

Computer Software Engineering
If it seems like new digital technology is emerging every five minutes, you’re not wrong. And someone has to either design it from scratch or update it to keep it competitive. Technology is a growing field, and will probably keep you in demand for years.

A broad category that covers everything from science, law, environmental studies, agriculture, and construction, this field is always expanding. Among its objectives are ways to use, reuse, and avoid using the planet’s limited resources. A degree in sustainable sciences is possibly the single most promising degree field here, with numerous job opportunities in both the public and private sector. Writing and speaking skills and environmental and science backgrounds are all important factors in securing jobs in this discipline.

As these selections show, STEM skills will be certainly helpful in selecting a degree that will help secure employment well into the 21st century. But degree seekers most certainly should not overlook their speaking and writing skills. And the more tech-savvy students are, the better, as most “sure thing” fields will continue to employ these new technologies as we edge into the future.

I hope you found this article to be interesting and helpful.  Best of luck as you go forward in your life and career.

Your career mentor,


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