With the economy in the doldrums many who are unemployed or underemployed have decided to go back to school to obtain a master’s degree. Employment experts are now saying that the master’s is the new bachelor’s. 30 years ago a bachelor’s degree was not common and set people apart but now it’s par for the course.
That same trend is starting to happen with a master’s degree. Does that mean there are no good jobs out there for people with master’s degrees? Or that you shouldn’t pursue one? Of course not – there are several great careers that require at least a master’s. Let’s take a look at some of the fastest growing ones.
1. Physician Assistants
This career field has taken off in the last fifteen years. Physician assistants offer medical care to patients such as diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative care. Employment in this burgeoning occupation is expected to grow at a staggering rate of 40% through 2018. This job requires a master’s degree and pays an average salary of $85,000 a year according to labor economists.
These scientists study organisms and how they interact in the environment. Biochemists work in research, management, product development, and regulation. A master’s degree can get you a high level position within an organization. The average median salary is $83,000.
Vets provide health care for all types of animals. They help domestic pets, livestock, zoo animals, and laboratory animals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics veterinarian jobs are expected to grow 33% from 2008-2018. To become a veterinarian you have to earn a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited school. The average salary for a vet is approximately $75,000 per year.
Anthropologists study different ways of life and physical characteristics of civilizations all over the world. Employment in this field requires at least a master’s degree or a doctoral degree if you want to teach at the university level. Employment of anthropologists is expected to grow by 28% according to the United States Department of Labor. The average salary is $55,000 per year.
5. Environmental Scientists
Environmental scientists research ways to protect the environment. They are paid to identify, reduce, eliminate, and abate environmental hazards. The “green” movement has grown considerably across all sectors of the economy as most organizations are seeking ways to be better environmental stewards. Because of this, environmental science jobs are projected to grow 28% through the year 2018.
These are specialty dentists who work with patients to replace or restore their teeth. These individuals need a doctoral degree from an accredited dental school. The average salary for these individuals is $169,000 per year.
7. Organizational Psychologists
The goal of these individuals is to help employees become more fulfilled and productive on the job. An organizational psychologist applies psychological principles to organizations and the people who work for them with hopes of improving performance. They make an average annual salary of $78,000.