Recently, US News and World Report released a list of most in demand college majors. On the list, 3 of the college degrees were in healthcare related fields. Below are the degrees listed as the most in demand degrees - majors that will most likely result in a healthcare job upon graduating.
In addition to topping this list of college degrees that are in high demand, biomedical engineering was also recognized by Payscale.com last year as one of the highest paying undergraduate degrees.
The reason that HIT is such a growing field is due largely to the need to transition from paper medical records and files to electronic medical records (EMR). Several legislative acts including the HITECH act and the health reform law (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) have also instigated a further increase in demand for health information technology professionals.
4. Human Services - (Honorable Mention)This major was not recognized on the list by US News and World Report, but it is a noteworthy, emerging major that encompasses aspects of HR, social work, healthcare, and more. Kaplan University offers a degree in human services. A representative of Kaplan University states "A human services degree program prepares graduates for a broad spectrum of jobs by developing a core skill set. Human services goes beyond specific tasks and focuses on an interdisciplinary knowledge base, interpersonal skills, and management expertise."
From jobs that serve the aging Baby Boomer generation, to child welfare, human services graduates may choose from many career paths and job prospects available to them, according to Kaplan University's representative.
5. A Few Tips for Choosing a College Major:If one of the above majors does not interest you in the slightest bit, then there are plenty of other majors from which to choose. Clinical medical jobs are almost always in demand. The important thing is to study something you really enjoy learning and doing, because that is what you will excel in.
Even in a tough economy, the most driven and creative people often find a way to make their passion work for them as a career. It's not always that simple, but obtaining a degree in a field that is boring or uninteresting to you is a sure way to waste your college education. Even if you manage to excel in something that isn't your true passion or calling, you'll eventually burn out and want to do something else other than what you studied in school.