With 2017 right around the corner, many of you may be contemplating New Year’s resolutions. Often those include ways to improve yourself – such as eating healthier or seeking additional education opportunities. If you, or someone you know, is considering a resolution to pursue a Master’s degree, then check out Forbes’ article entitled ‘The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs In 2016’.

In developing the list, Forbes considered a variety of factors – such as pay growth from early to mid-career, job satisfaction, stress, meaning derived from the work, and the projected employment growth of jobs associated with each degree.

The top 10 best degrees are all STEM-focused subjects:

  • Science – Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Occupational Therapy
  • Technology – Management Information Systems and Computer Science
  • Engineering – Software Engineering
  • Math – Biostatistics and Statistics

The top 10 worst degrees have much less emphasis on STEM-related subjects:

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Sports Management
  3. Construction Management
  4. Library Science
  5. Journalism
  6. Art History
  7. Taxation
  8. Elementary Education
  9. Theology
  10. Architecture

Yet another data point highlighting the importance of STEM skills for children, students, and even yourself! So, as you strategize on your resolutions for 2017 don’t forget to evaluate any education-related items with a STEM lens. And from all of us at Couragion, may you have an amazing 2017 and achieve all of your resolutions!

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