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The MA Degree that will get you a job

Its often difficult to figure out what to study during a postgraduate course, and remain conscious of what jobs may yield a healthy income afterwards. Weve shortlisted some of the top options.
BY Rimi Chakraborty |   05-08-2014
MSc in Computer Information Systems

For students who wish to combine knowledge of managerial and organizational aspects with technical information systems skills, a master of science in  computer information systems provides a healthy mix of both. The advanced knowledge of computer applications, expertise in software and competence in technologies; helps one in getting better job prospects in the future.

“My interest in software development and the technical and in-depth knowledge offered here drove me to study masters in computer science abroad”, said Vinod Madaan, a current student at University College in Dublin, Ireland.

“I think that master’s in my field has good future job prospects and this degree will help me go up the ladder with some years of intense experience,” says Madaan.

With this degree, you can work as a Computer Support Specialist, Computer Security Specialist, Computer System Analyst, Network System and Database Administrator, or an Information System Manager.

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Is an MBA (Master of Business Administration) just another degree? No. Aside from the academic initiative to gather new skills, the MBA is also proven to be able to help in improving one’s business and collaborative network, which doesn’t hurt when heading out into the job field.

According to the GMAC’s (Graduate Management Admission Council) Annual Corporate Recruiters Survey 2014, an estimated 80% companies worldwide plan to hire MBA graduates in 2014; with the healthcare and manufacturing sectors showing a greater expected growth in hiring MBAs. The survey includes responses from nearly 600 employers in 44 countries.

With an MBA degree, one can head into roles ranging from a Business Manager, Marketing Director, Corporate Communications Manager, Marketing Research Analyst, Executive Recruiter, Financial Analyst, Financial Manager, Investment Analyst, Stock Broker, to Pension Fund Manager.

MSc in Electrical Engineering

In technical terms, electrical engineering refers to the study of and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

“Studying for a masters degree abroad is definitely worth having, as it is more application based and gives hands on experience that will benefit my career prospects,” says Manshila Adlakha, who graduated this past May with a graduate degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in the U.S.

“There is a fine line between electrical engineering and computer engineering. Both the subjects include VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) which was my major; and expect to work in the field of either digital circuit designing or ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) designing,” she says.

With a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, you can work as an electrical engineer, software engineer, hardware engineer, semi-conductor and electronic component manufacturer, lead power engineer, technical energy advisor, circuit designing, quality engineer, or a process safety engineer.

MSc in Nursing (MSN)

 

An advanced degree in Nursing equips one with the skills and advanced training required to give high quality nursing care. With the MSN degree, you can gain a deeper understanding of healthcare – both as a care-taker and how the industry operates.

One can work as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or in nurse anesthetics as an  APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse). One can also head into a career in healthcare administration and work on consulting, quality assurance, teaching, policy development, marketing for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance companies.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15, shows that the median annual salary of an APRN in the U.S. was $96,460 in 2012.

Master of Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapy patient is someone who has lost their ability to perform activities due to a mental, physical, developmental, or emotionally disabling condition. An occupational therapist is a professional, whose responsibility is to help these patients regain their ability to perform daily work activities.

An occupational therapist can work in hospitals, group homes, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, in architectural firms, insurance companies, education institutions, and government organizations.

Master of Economics

“Economics is everywhere, and understanding economics can help you make better decisions and lead a happier life”- Tyler Cowen, noted American Economist, academic, and writer.

A masters degree in economics can help in fields of business, law, politics, and accounting. You can work as an economist in a government organization, with an NGO, as a teacher, tax law, or economics consultant.

According to the July 2014 Business Conditions SurveyReport of NABE (National Association for Business Economics), 37% of survey respondents expect employment growth in the following three months.


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