Best College Degrees for the Future

Jan 29, 2018

A look at some of the best bachelor's degrees for soon-to-be or current college students, based on the expected job growth and salaries of different occupations.

View popular schools

Which College Degrees Are Best For The Future?

When deciding on which bachelor's degree you would like to pursue, there are several factors that you should consider. While it's a good idea to enter into a field that interests you, you also want to take into account your future, and the future of that industry. The world constantly changes, and a job that was in demand a few years ago may no longer be by the time you graduate. To help you decide, below are some of the best college degrees for the future, based on how they measure up against the median job when it comes to salary ($37,040 annually) and job growth from 2016 to 2026 (7 percent).

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Standard Bachelor's Degree Program Admission Requirements

Before you can pick which degree you want to pursue, you need to get accepted into the program. Requirements vary from school to school, and from program to program, but there are a few underlying factors that are common among most programs. For starters, you'll need to graduate from high school, and with relatively good grades. Beyond that, you'll need to score well on your SAT test, or the ACT. Finally, many colleges require a written essay along with their application, and you'll want to spend plenty of time on this to ensure you do the best possible job. Once you've met these requirements, you can begin thinking about which college degree is best for your future.

Civil Engineering

A bachelor's degree in civil engineering will allow you to become a civil engineer. Civil engineers essentially work on every part of the process when it comes to infrastructure projects. They design, build, and maintain things like buildings, roads, tunnels and airports, and provide an invaluable service to both the public and private sector. There is never a shortage of projects for civil engineers to work on, and as our society grows - and the old structures begin to wear down - civil engineers will become even more important. The median pay for a civil engineer was $83,540 in 2016, and the number of job opportunities is expected to rise 11 percent through 2026, much faster than the average of 7 percent for other occupations.


When you get a degree in finance, there are many career paths you can take, but one of the most promising is that of a financial manager. A financial manager is responsible for the financial health of an organization, producing reports, developing strategies, and directing investments in the process. Financial managers typically earn a good living, with the median annual wage in 2016 hitting $121,750. Since companies and individuals are always looking for help with their finances, you'll also have plenty of job opportunities - in fact, this field is expected to grow 19 percent through 2026, which is much faster than the average.

Computer Science

As more of the world comes to rely on computers, jobs in this area continue to grow. With a computer science degree, you can enter into fields such as web development, computer network architecture, or software development. Of the many options, software development is one of the more promising paths. Software developers create all of the programs we use on our computers, whether it be a word processor, video game, or running a network. Pay is great as a software developer, with the median annual income being $102,280 in 2016, much higher than the median for all jobs. Not only that, but you can expect there to be plenty of job opportunities in this field going forward, with the industry expected to grow 24 percent through 2026, much faster than the average job.


Finally, not all of the best jobs for the future rely heavily on numbers or computers. If you'd rather spend your time helping people in a hands-on fashion, consider getting your bachelor's degree in nursing and becoming a registered nurse. Demand for this job is expected to be high, with expected growth of 15 percent through 2026. This is likely due to the increase in population, while the Baby Boomers are nearing retirement. Not only is there a high demand, but registered nurses earn a good living, with a median salary of $68,450 per year.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • Automotive Technology
    • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Electrical/Electronics

    What year did you graduate High School / Receive GED?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • BA: Criminal Justice
    • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    • BA: Liberal Studies
    • BA: Psychology
    • BA: Psychology - General
    • BS: Computer Science
    • AA: Criminal Justice
    • AA: Liberal Arts
    • AA: Business Administration
    • AA: Information Technology
    • AA: Cybersecurity

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
    • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Business Administration
    • Associate in Business Administration Management
    • Associate in Medical Assisting
    • Associate in Network Administration
    • Paralegal
    • Diploma in Accounting
    • Diploma in Business Administration
    • Diploma in Medical Office Professional
    • Diploma in Pharmacy Technician
    • Certificate in Phlebotomy
    • Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding

    What is your education level?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • AAS in Accounting
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
    • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
    • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Finance
    • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
    • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?