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Posted On: February 8, 2019 by Jennifer L. Gaskin

Education opens doors, and if you’re finding yourself in a job you don’t love, education could very well open the door to a better career. Whether you’re in the wrong field or you simply lack the modern skill set that comes with a fresh degree, SNHU’s Online degree programs offer hundreds (more than 200, in fact) of degree options that could help you get a better job across dozens of fields.

Let’s take a look at a few of the degree programs that open doors to the biggest career opportunities, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data on job growth and median salaries.

Computers & Technology

We live in an increasingly technological world, from the apps on our phones to the smart TVs we use to watch our favorite shows to the technology inside our cars. For every helpful computer function, there’s a person who wrote that code and dozens of others who help keep the programs and servers running.

The computer technology segment of the economy is projected to grow by 13 percent through 2026, one of the largest increases.

SNHU’s Online degree offerings in computers and technology include:

  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration With Specialty in Management Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Specialties in

  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Specialty in

  • Secure Programming
  • Bachelor of Arts in Game Art & Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Programming & Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design & Media Arts With Specialty in Web Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Technologies
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies

Specialties in

  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • IT Management
  • Network & Telecommunication
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

Specialties in

  • IT Management
  • Project Management
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security

Specialty in

  • IT Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology

Specialties in

  • Data Analytics
  • Database Design
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Information Security
  • IT Management
  • Software Application Development
  • Web Design
  • Master of Business Administration

Specialties in

  • Engineering Management
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Information Technology Management
  • Associate of Science in Information Technologies

A degree that gives you hands-on skills in computer programming, networking, data collection and cybersecurity will give you wide career options. Here’s a look at some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in the field:

  • Computer & Information Research Scientist: 19% growth; median salary $114,520
  • Network Architect: 6% growth; median salary $104,650
  • Web Developer: 15% growth; median salary $67,990
  • Systems Administrator: 6% growth; median salary $81,100
  • Software Developer: 24% growth; median salary $103,560
  • Information Security Analyst: 28% growth; median salary  $95,510
  • Database Administrator: 11% growth; median salary $87,020
  • Hardware Engineer: 5% growth; median salary $115,120
  • Health Information Technician: 13% growth; median salary $39,180
  • Biomedical Engineer: 8% growth; median salary $88,040

Health

Healthcare is by far the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, as the population ages and more people need regular doctor, hospital and other healthcare provider visits.

Jobs in this area are projected to grow by 21 percent through 2026, so those with a passion for healthcare and medicine would be smart to consider their educational options.

SNHU’s Online programs in healthcare and related fields include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Specialty in

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Specialties in

  • Health Information Management
  • Patient Safety and Quality
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology With Specialty in Community Health
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science in Information Technology With Specialty in Healthcare Informatics
  • Master of Business Administration

Specialties in

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Healthcare Management
  • Master of Public Health

Specialty in

  • Global Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality

This fast-growing sector has room for those interested in hands-on clinical work with patients, technology-focused roles or broad administrative duties. Here’s a look at some of the fastest-growing and best-paying jobs in healthcare (note that some require additional certifications and training after your degree):

  • Nurse Practitioner: 31% growth; median salary $110,930
  • Physician Assistant: 37% growth; median salary $104,860
  • Occupational Therapist: 24% growth; median salary $83,200
  • Radiation Therapist: 13% growth; median salary $80,570
  • Genetic Counselor: 29% growth; median salary $77,480
  • Speech & Language Pathologist:18% growth; median salary $76,610
  • Dental Hygienist: 20% growth; median salary $74,070
  • MRI Technologist: 13% growth; median salary $60,070
  • Exercise Physiologist: 13% growth; median salary $49,090
  • Nutritionist: 15% growth; median salary $59,410

Business

With broad industry growth in business and professional services of about 11 percent through 2026, degrees related to business will be in demand and allow individuals to build skills that apply not only directly in that industry but also prepare them to work in virtually any other sector.

SNHU’s Online business-related degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Specialties in:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration
  • Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Specialties in

  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Management

Specialities in

  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Project Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Science in Accounting

Specialties in

  • Auditing
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Master of Science in Accounting Finance
  • Master of Science in Applied Economics
  • Master of Science in Finance

Specialties in

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Management

Specialities in

  • Construction Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Healthcare
  • Master of Science in Marketing

Specialties in

  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Research Analytics
  • New Media & Communications
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration

Specialties in

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Internet Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Sustainability & Environmental Compliance
  • Master of Science in Project Management & Operations
  • Master of Science in Sport Management
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Social Media Marketing

Business degrees are incredibly versatile and will allow a graduate to work in many different industries, but here are some of the highest paying and most in-demand business and personal services jobs:

  • Accountant & Auditor: 10% growth; median salary $69,350
  • Real Estate Appraiser & Assessor: 14% growth; median salary $54,010
  • Budget Analyst: 7% growth; median salary $75,240
  • Employment Compensation Analyst: 9% growth; median salary $62,680
  • Cost Estimator: 7% growth; median salary $63,110
  • Financial Analyst: 11% growth; median salary $84,300
  • Financial Examiner: 10% growth; median salary $81,690
  • Management Analyst: 14% growth; median salary $82,450
  • Personal Finance Adviser: 15% growth; median salary $90,640
  • Market Research Analyst: 25% growth; median salary $63,230

Education

As the second-fastest growing broad employment sector, jobs in education and related services are projected to surge by 14 percent by 2026. Whether working in the classroom or educational administration, an education degree can help an individual modernize their skill set to get that perfect job.

SNHU’s Online education-related degree programs include:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Specialties in

  • Dyslexia & Language Based Learning Disabilities
  • Educational Leadership
  • Reading
  • Special Education
  • Technology Integration
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator
  • Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia & Language Based Learning Disabilities

Those with advanced education-related degrees will be in high demand in this rapidly growing sector. As the U.S. population continues climbing, an education degree is likely to be a solid investment. Here are some of the fastest growing and highest paying jobs in education:

  • Postsecondary Teacher: 15% growth; median salary $76,000
  • Career & Technical Education Teacher: 4% growth; median salary $55,240
  • Instructional Coordinator: 11% growth; median salary $63,750
  • High School Teacher: 8% growth; median salary $59,170
  • Librarian: 9% growth; median salary $58,520
  • Special Education Teacher: 8% growth; median salary $58,980
  • Middle School Teacher: 8% growth; median salary $57,720
  • School Principal: 8% growth; median salary $94,390
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator: 10% growth; median salary $92,360
  • Archivist, Curator & Museum Worker: 13% growth; median salary $47,360

Conclusion

SNHU’s expansive online degree catalog covers some of the fastest-growing and lucrative jobs in the entire American economy. Even if your ideal job wasn’t included on this list, it’s rarely a mistake to better yourself and enhance your education with a new degree.

References

Information on job growth, sector growth and median salaries came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and its Occupational Outlook Handbook publication. Information was retrieved from several BLS sites, including https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/industries-fast-grow-decline-employment.htm

Jennifer L. Gaskin
Jennifer L. Gaskin
Senior Jobs Editor
Jennifer L. Gaskin is an Indiana-based writer & contributing Jobs Editor for BusinessStudent.com. She began her professional career as a do-it-all utility player at a small daily newspaper and has been frequently honored for excellence in journalism. She currently shares her office space with a surprisingly quiet beagle named Baxter.

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