5 best and worst master's degrees for jobs right now

Looking for a graduate program that'll take your career to the next level? Find out which area of study has a better chance of taking you there and which to avoid.

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Jul 19, 2014 2:07AM
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I have a masters in Philosophy with a Concentration in Logic.

That is why I have a construction company.

Jul 21, 2014 12:10PM
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this international law firm advertises for a secretary.a golden retriever comes in,and she passes the typing test.in the interview,the personnel manager says,'but how about foreign languages'? and the golden retriever says,'Meow'.
Jul 21, 2014 1:43PM
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I have a BA in English, with a year of graduate work in History.  I work as a prototype machinist and spent many years in the unmanned-aircraft field, before retiring last year, and I've even been named on a patent.  I also made a pretty good living, but that took some time.  What you do after school is what counts, but my advice to anyone majoring in anything but business or engineering is to learn a trade you can fall back on.  Society also needs to bring the Industrial Arts back into the high schools.  Not every kid is bound for college, but learning basic woodworking, home and auto repair, along with a few other manual skills is never wasted time for anyone.  This is especially true for women, since many of them will find themselves as heads of their own households.  One final note to new graduates:  a diploma is nothing more than a "license to learn."     
Jul 21, 2014 5:31AM
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These trends coincide with our nations march towards irrelevance.
Jul 21, 2014 8:06AM
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Aren't there any males in the workforce anymore?
Jul 21, 2014 8:02AM
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I would have to say "Women's Studies."
Jul 21, 2014 1:03PM
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People could just go for the degree they desire, and stop letting the internet decide their future for them.
Jul 21, 2014 9:51AM
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mathematics, and a picture of an Asian. I mean really, can you at least try to avoid the stereotypes...
Jul 21, 2014 1:40PM
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Complete BS article, and for so many reasons.  Chemical engineering is on the worst list but it had the highest salary of all 10.  Plus, as a Chem Eng with a Master's degree there were NEVER any pretty women in the Chem E department (or other engineering disciplines as well).  Sure, there were a few women, but they sure as hell weren't attractive.  And besides, the #1 worst is MSNBC journalist as their future ain't too bright.
Jul 21, 2014 12:03PM
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did you hear about the frog who wanted to get out of the construction business?
        but sadly,all he could do was rivet,rivet,rivet...

what are the two toughest jobs in the world? Flushing New York and Wheeling West Virginia.

regarding school,someone asked me what am i taking up?i told them,'Time and space'.
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Probably the biggest regret in my life, that have never come to terms with was not studying Library Science...Granted, the pay would suck, and there's no job growth in the underfunded public services, but geez. Just geez!
Jul 18, 2014 9:58PM
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An MBA is not in the top 5?  This is a joke.  RM MBA.
Jul 21, 2014 1:36PM
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How is more education the solution to fewer jobs?
Jul 21, 2014 10:36AM
Jul 21, 2014 3:59AM
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The worst degrees are as follows,, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Humanities, Women's Studies these are ALL scoffed at by EVERY employer that doesn't require a paper hat name tag and a mop... They're useless and require the intelligence and skill set of your average 7th grader.
Jul 21, 2014 1:29PM
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3 out of 5 top jobs listed above are in health care.  Or, you can teach mathematics - which has good prospects.  As far as international relations go -  "Whom did you say you know??   Or, your daddy is what? in the state department?"  Get it!  ha, ha.


For those unconnected ordinary folk - nearly all of us, the prospect of getting a job in the field of international relations is most likely non-existent.  See you guys slinging burgers.  Or, those very lucky perhaps will 'teach' it!


Back to the old reality - health care or teaching;  or you can open your own business (lot's of luck with that!) 

Jul 21, 2014 1:00PM
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The average pay is probably going to be irrelevant if it allows someone to do what they love doing.


That said, IMO  this is nice and all, but people really shouldn't be going for a master's degree unless they have a well thought out plan for their career/financial goals (including a plan B).


In my case, I *could* go in for a master's, but it makes zero sense given what I actually want to do and am doing in my field, and I've gotten a lot more use out of multiple bachelors degrees (and vocational training) in related fields than I would have out of a master's degree. 



But YMMV and all that.

Jul 21, 2014 3:15PM
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The best job requires NO degree: congressman or woman! pays well, lifetime bennies, and you can be stupid as hell.
Jul 21, 2014 2:56PM
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I believe that new Physical Therapists need a doctorate degree. 
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