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Career Info for a Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

Multidisciplinary studies degree programs allow students to devise individual programs with coursework from several areas of study. Continue reading for an overview of the programs as well as employment and salary statistics related to some career options for graduates.

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Multidisciplinary studies degrees combine majors in subjects such as English, business and psychology. A degree in multidisciplinary studies can lead to a career as an advertising sales agent, a journalist, or a rehabilitation counselor. A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling is also required for those pursuing that career path.

Essential Information

English, psychology, political science and business are just some of the different majors that students can combine into a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies degree program. These programs allow self-directed students to mix and match subjects to create a customized course of study. Depending on how students tailor their curricula, a multidisciplinary studies degree program can prepare them for various careers.

Career Titles Rehabilitation Counselors Journalists Advertising Sales Agents
Education Requirements Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling Bachelor's degree in journalism or communications Variable; a high school diploma OR a college degree with coursework in advertising, marketing, communications and business
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* 9% 9% decline (for reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts) 3% decline
Median Annual Salary (May, 2015)* $34,390 $36,360 (for reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts) $48,490

Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Options

Multidisciplinary studies degree programs can prepare students for careers in varied fields. These include counseling, journalism or advertising, depending on learners' selected areas of study, work experience and level of educational attainment.

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors assist individuals with mental or physical disabilities in a variety of areas, such as job training and placement, counseling and accessing medical care. They help individuals create a plan for developing life and vocational skills after an accident or sickness, which may involve consultations with doctors, family members or employers. Depending on the state in which they work, counselors often need to complete a master's degree program and obtain state licensure before they can legally practice. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted 9% job growth for rehabilitation counselors between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). Rehabilitation counselors earned median salaries of $34,390 as of May 2015.

Journalists

Journalists, also known as reporters, gather information from a variety of sources and then report that information to audiences in print, electronic or visual form. They might work for newspapers, Internet web sites, television news channels or magazines. Completion of an interdisciplinary studies degree program that combines courses in writing and communication with courses in an intended area of journalistic specialization, such as political science coursework for an aspiring political reporter, may be beneficial. The BLS predicted that employment in this field would decline by 9% from 2014 to 2024. As of May 2015, most reporters and correspondents earned between $21,390 and $81,580.

Advertising Sales Agent

Advertising sales agents, also known as account executives, sell advertising to generate revenue for media companies, such as television stations, radio stations, newspapers and websites. Account executives need strong interpersonal skills and product knowledge to acquire new clients and build relationships with existing clientele. They also may also need to analyze statistics, draft contracts and create media kits. A degree in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business, communications, marketing or related concentration areas can assist individuals in preparing for careers as advertising sales agents. According to the BLS, employment in this field should decrease by -3% from 2014 to 2024. Advertising sales agents earned a median salary of $48,490 as of May 2015.

Rehabilitation counselors work with people with mental or physical disabilities to help them access medical care, counseling, and job training; journalists report on events that are important to the public, and may do this via television, print media or websites. Advertising sales agents sell ad space on radio and television programs and websites, or in print media. All of these careers can be pursued with a degree in multidisciplinary studies.

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