College Majors with a Future
By: Hilary Battey
The process of deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life can be a bit more difficult than most anticipate. Choosing a field that has the promising factor of landing you a job post-graduation is now more important than ever considering the job market has been in a steady decline.
Picking a major that is unique, in demand and new are three areas of interest that high school graduates need to be focusing on. Let us push aside for the moment that Mayan calendar is incorrect and, yes, life will go on. Here are a couple college majors that people of all ages, not only high school graduates, should be researching.
1. Biomedical engineering is a new undergraduate program that is offered at institutions like John Hopkins University, Duke University, University of California, San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology. This field of study is the fastest-growing occupation between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What is biomedical engineering, though? Biomedical engineers apply engineering science and technology to create fixes to the wear and tear that our bodies are prone to. For example, they look for warning signs of cancer, improve medical devices, engineer new drugs and more.
2. New media is promising degree for those interested in filmmaking, television, game design, animation, graphic design, visual arts, social media, advertising, journalism; the list goes on. Universities are offering new variations of this program by combining traditional journalism or even a communication studies degree with digital media and design classes. A good example of this is the new media studies major at Alma College. Those who are interested in interactive entertainment can attend University of Southern California and earn a Bachelor of Arts interactive entertainment. Living in the midwest and don’t want to travel the whole country to simply earn an undergraduate degree? Not a problem; the University of Minnesota offers new media classes and convergence journalism courses to prepare students for all areas of journalism and entertainment.
3. Homeland security is one of the fastest growing educational programs that have sprouted since 9/11. Over 300 programs relating to homeland security and just around 75 undergraduate degrees are now available for those interested. Prospective students can expect to take courses in criminal justice, weapons of mass destruction, emergency and disaster planning, critical infrastructure, and constitutional issues in homeland security. Universities that are partnering with the Center of Homeland Defense and Security include Tulane University, Texas A&M University, Florida International University and Eastern Kentucky is just to name a few.