Whether you are just getting started in college or thinking of going back, everyone is concerned about what degree is best for them.

One way to decide on your degree is to first decide on your future career, what degree will help you best get ahead in the market – and the job growth in that market. According to the projections from the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2010-2011 Occupational Handbook, business, management, financial and health care are among the areas expecting the largest job growth.

Here are five degrees that are most in demand…

Degree 1: Master’s in Business Administration (MBA):

The courses included in this degree are business management and business operations courses. This degree can offer you an amount of flexibility in the job market. Yale School of Management MBA Career Report said that 2008 graduates have reported working in financial services, at non-profits, in consulting firms, media and entertainment fields, with the government and in many other fields. According to Forbes in May 2010, the potential pay for mid-career mark is $109,000, and Forbes labeled it “Best Master’s degrees For Jobs”.

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Degree 2: Associates in Paralegal Studies:

This degree could allow you to be a lawyer’s “right hand”. Paralegal courses include online research and practice in drafting legal documents. The U.S. Department of Labor, which projects employment of paralegals to grow by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018. The Department also notes that paralegals have an average annual salary of $49,640, according to May 2010 statistics.

Degree 3: Bachelor’s in Accounting:

The curriculum in this degree prepares students for a number-crunching career. The Department of Labor projects 22% growth in accounting careers between 2008 and 2018. Career opportunities can include everything from working for companies or individual clients, according to the Department, which notes that the average annual salary for accountants was $68,960 in May 2010.

Degree 4: Associates in Dental Assisting:

Everyone needs clean and healthy teeth. Programs for this degree generally cover proper flossing and brushing techniques, medical record keeping, and how to perform a proper x-ray. According to the U.S. Department of Labor this field is expected to grow 35.75% between 2008 and 2018.

Degree 5: Bachelor’s in Human Resources:

This degree is great for the “people-person” friendly members of our society. The courses included tend to be psychology, sociology of work, and organizational behavior. All companies need to have a Human Resources manager or assistant. This job is reported to grow 22% between 2008 and 2018. Human Resources assistants have an average annual salary of $37,900, while HR managers average at $108,600, according to May 2010 statistics from the Department of Labor.

[Source: Education.yahoo.net] – post by Rebekah Nicklaus, CBS Radio.


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