Saturday, November 28, 2009

Graduate Degrees With the Best Futures

By Lingxiao

In a tough job market, it makes sense to look for ways to set yourself apart from the competition. This year, 26 percent of graduating seniors headed for a graduate or professional degree, up from 24 percent last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a professional association. Add to those ranks people who are working but want to go back to school -- or who are simply not working and are applying to school as a back up -- and enrollment swells even more.
In this blog, I will be sharing some great information for Business related industry job seekers. Employment of executives expected to show little or no change between 2006 and 2016; employment of management analysts expected to grow more than 21 percent between 2006 and 2016. Statistically, graduates of MBA programs do earn more than those without the degree, Haefner says. But that observation "doesn't necessarily mean you're going to get, dollar for dollar, in your salary what you paid in tuition," she says. Prospective students interested in an MBA should keep in mind that career opportunities, particularly in finance, are changing rapidly, making it all the more important to do careful research, including informational interviews, Sims says. "An MBA might not have the same meaning in three to five years that it had in the past 10," she says. Over the last few years, workers with MBAs have found opportunity in a greater variety of fields than they typically did in the past, says Haefner. And among the class of 2009, more students in MBA programs had found jobs before graduation than in other programs, according to research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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