Best Masters Degrees to Earn Big Bucks!

Jobs that the best Masters degrees get you might mean you will still have to get dirty ... but all that money will help ease the pain! :)

Jobs that the best Masters degrees get you might mean you will still have to get dirty … but all that money will help ease the pain! 🙂

These days, the big worry that is permeating college campuses across the land is that a bachelor’s degree is no longer enough to ensure entrance into the good life that had been promised to an entire generation since their high school days.

With so many recent grads struggling to find employment with their first degree, many are doubling down and going back to school in pursuit of their master’s degree, convinced that it will give them the edge to end up on top in the end.

While this may be partially true, going for this elevated title after your name will be hard work, more so than your first time through school. Furthermore, you’ll be piling up more dirt on that mound of debt you’ve already made for yourself; therefore, it is vital that you do your research so that you can be sure that your shiny new master’s degree will put you into a pond filled with juicy jobs rather than one that is stagnant and dead.

What follows are the best masters degrees that you can tackle in the present day,  thereby putting you on the path to landing that massive fish, rather than continuing your current trend of casting a line into the water and hoping for the best. Let’s break each of them down in further detail below…

1) MSc in Physics

While that nondescript BSc allowed you to maintain a GPA above 3.0, the bleak job market means its time to get serious and get down to brass tacks.

If your physics classes were second nature to you, then specializing in this discipline for your Master’s degree will yield you valuable dividends once you land a position in it after school. Software engineers, physicists and other careers relating to highly valuable knowledge that is needed to drive 21st century technologies will continue to be in high demand in an increasingly insecure future.

Current median salaries run around $115,000 per year, which will allow you and your future family to have the comfortable life that you’ve always dreamed of having.

2) MSc in Geology

As easy oil deposits continue to get tougher to find, the oil and gas industry will need to get ever more creative and innovative in order to continue to extract fossil fuels in the future. By getting your MSc qualification in oil and gas, you’ll get to participate in the intensely profitable business.

Not enough undergrads are pursuing degrees in the hard sciences these days, a fact that will make you a very valuable commodity. In addition to a very generous median salary of $100,000 to $120,000, other perks like extended vacation time (well above the national average in America), health benefits that vastly outstrip the meager offerings of other industries, and performance bonuses that can tack on tens of thousands of dollars to your take home pay makes this career option very alluring one.

3) MA in Economics

At this point in history, a number of socioeconomic factors relating to the limits of so-called perpetual growth, government intervention in private-sector economies and continual disruption of traditional industries by high technology have thrown conventional economic models into chaos.

In the future, the business world and governments around the globe will need fresh blood and new thinking to chart the way ahead. For taking on these complex problems and guiding these entities toward concrete action, you will be handsomely rewarded, as economists with a Masters level of education presently take home $116,000 per year on a median basis.

4 Responses to Best Masters Degrees to Earn Big Bucks!

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  2. interesting article, why exclude the MBA? This has been the path to the highest paying careers (investment banking, consulting, etc.) for decades.

    • Jeremy says:

      The point was to include more (less) obvious alternatives. Definitely worth it if you’re in the business world!

  3. […] it’s true that there are certain fields where a master’s degree is a must — think law, medicine, or business — in most fields, a job candidate with a graduate […]

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