Technology Degrees Offer More Job Opportunities

September 7, 2011 ( – If Mom tells you to study computers, you better listen – a new report indicates she’s right.

Following an exhaustive study of jobs in the U.S. that require a specific college degree, higher education resource The Best Degrees has published a report of the top 51 degrees based on job potential in the current U.S. economy.  

According to the report, the Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Technology Management offers the best overall job potential in the current economic environment.  

The top 10 rankings include: 

  • M.B.A. in Technology Management, 
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 
  • B.S. in Software Engineering, 
  • M.A. in Education Administration, 
  • M.S. in Geoscience, 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Databases, 
  • Master’s Degree in Operations Research, 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networks, and 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. 

“We found a strong demand for degrees in technology, computers, and health care,” said Dee Barizo, editor of The Best Degrees, in a press release. “We’re excited to provide the information students need to make more informed choices in light of our shifting domestic and global economy.”  

According to the press release, while most studies have concentrated solely on wage potential, this research also evaluated the volume of job seeker competition within each field along with a candidate’s probability of securing a job offer following graduation. The published report effectively matches college degrees to the current needs of the U.S. economy. Data was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor.  

Primary criteria for report was the level of job opportunities per The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by BLS. Next, jobs were ranked by annual salary expectations as published by BLS wage data. Finally, jobs were associated with the degree required, with a separate section for degrees with competitive admissions.  

View the complete list of 51 degrees at