10 Best College Majors to Pursue in 2018

Published on: Jul 11, 2018 7:19:00 AM

10 Best College Majors to Pursue in 2018

Deciding on a college major can be one of the most stress-inducing parts of higher education, especially given today’s dynamic and volatile job market. The following majors are fields of study that will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge to help you stand out to potential employers!

Take a look at the top 10 college majors worth pursuing in 2018!

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1. Business Administration

A business administration degree is a lucrative and marketable major, boasting a high rate of full-time employment.

You’ll study statistics, economics, business, and financial management, courses that will prepare you for the challenging management positions that business administration majors often attain. Specializations such as human resources or international business can add another level of potential to your future career. 

With this degree, you can expect to find employment in business management, where you can earn an annual salary between the ranges of $47,900 and $66,376.

2. Mathematics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for math majors is bright. Employment of mathematicians is expected to grow nearly 30 percent by 2026, and the median annual salary is quite lucrative, even at the entry level. Mathematicians and statisticians can earn a median annual salary of up to $84,760. If you enjoy math, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the job market.

As a math major, you will take courses ranging from differential equations to calculus to statistics. This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a statistician, an actuary, or an operations research analyst.

3. Political Science

As a political science major, your classes will involve constant debate about issues such as foreign policy, national security, and current campaigns. Your courses in politics, history, and economics will help you develop a nuanced and informed view of today’s rapidly changing political landscapes, and the writing, research, and critical thinking skills that you gain in these courses will prove to be an asset in almost any position.

Political science majors can find exciting careers that range from political campaigning and government positions to academia, think tanks, and NGOs. Last year, the median annual wage for political scientists was $115,110.

4. Marketing

The abilities to understand consumer needs and how to meet them efficiently are just as appealing to many businesses as are other more technical abilities. Core classes in the marketing major will include marketing strategies, project management, and advertising.

A degree in marketing will strengthen your writing and sales skills and give you the creative knowledge you need to become a successful project manager, public relations representative, or market research analyst. The national average salary for a marketing manager is $80,673 in the United States. 

5. Computer Information Systems

Because of the substantial role that technology plays in today’s workforce, computer skills will be in high demand no matter what career path you decide to take. Computer information systems is a savvy degree that will give you much-coveted technical expertise while also incorporating a broader, more business-centered aspect into its coursework.

Valuable technical knowledge combined with skills such as project management will make you a prime candidate for management positions. You can expect to earn a median annual salary of about $97,792 as an IT manager.

6. Communication and Digital Media

College graduates with strong media and public relations skills will be top candidates in most applicant pools. Communications is a prime example that not every in-demand degree requires strong STEM abilities. Depending on what you choose to specialize in, your classes as a communications or digital media major could range from public relations and strategic communication to documentary production and graphic design.

The career possibilities are nearly endless: TV producer, public relations professional, or journalist, to name a few. The national average salary for a digital media manager is $70,193 in United States.

7. Criminal justice

Majoring in criminal justice is ideal for students who wish to work in law enforcement or government agencies. You will take courses on judicial process, the psychology of crime, and juvenile justice system. Valuable skills that you’ll gain in this field of study are critical thinking, analysis, and ethical reasoning.

As a police officer or detective, you can expect to earn a median annual salary of $62,960. Increased wages can be earned from those who are bilingual or have relevant college degrees.

8. English

The cultural knowledge and analytical writing skills that you can gain from majoring in English are certain to prove valuable for a future career in publishing, marketing, editing, or education. Because of this major’s emphasis on critical thinking and writing, English is one of the undergrad majors suggested by the ABA to best prepare a student for law school.

Authors and writers can expect to earn a median annual salary of $61,820.

9. Biology and Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science

Depending on your interests, your coursework as a biology major may include classes on microbiology, organic chemistry, or human anatomy. Those with degrees in biology often utilize their skills in careers as pharmaceutical representatives, biochemists, or research assistants.

Life scientists will earn about $73,700 in median annual salary. Although you don’t need a higher degree to land a lucrative job, many biology majors choose to continue to medical school or other programs of graduate study.

10. Education

Whether you want to specialize in elementary education, secondary education, or special education, skilled teachers are always in high demand. A kindergarten or elementary school teacher can expect a median annual salary of $56,900. A degree in education lends itself to other opportunities as well: Education majors can also find positions as school counselors, education administrators, or family support workers.

Neumann University's professionals are dedicated to helping you succeed!

At Neumann University, we offer the 10 college majors listed above (and many more!), and we’re excited to help you jumpstart your career with a noteworthy education. But if you’re still struggling with what field of study to pursue, don’t worry! You still have time to take a few classes to figure out where your strengths and interests lie.

Whether you're a first-year student, an international student, a transfer student, or a first-generation college student, the professionals at NU are dedicated to helping you succeed. Feel free to request more information today!

We wish you the best of luck!

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WRITTEN BY:
Edward Wright

 Edward Wright

About The Author: Edward P. Wright is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Neumann University and joined the community in August 2017. This summer he did a college search similar to the search you are going through and quickly found the caring community of Knights ready to welcome him and his family to their new home. His favorite spot on campus is the newly renovated dining hall.

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