STUDENT LIFE / JUL. 23, 2013
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Most Valuable University Degrees for Career Development

If you are a student who is looking for a career in something that will offer the ultimate opportunity for career development, then you will need to assess the different types of career options that bring the ultimate way to advance your career.

Although there is something of a stagnancy being experienced in many job markets and sectors, others continue to thrive, including:

Biomedical Engineering

This industry deals with the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology. It places a special focus on design and problem solving combined with medical and biological sciences for the purpose of advancing healthcare treatment in areas of diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and therapy. It offers countless opportunities for career growth, whilst average salary hovers around $97,000 per year.

Computer Science

As one of the top industries for growth, a degree in computer science will offer superb pay and excellent potential for growth. As a result a growing number of students are choosing to pursue an education in computer science, with total enrolment figures having grown by 5.5% in the past year.

Software Engineering

Software engineers focus on designing and writing tests for computer programs. Software engineering specialists are becoming increasingly sought out, and as a result starting salaries begin at around $54,900, with mid-career average salaries ranging at $87,800.

Petroleum Engineering

A strand of engineering concerned with production of crude or natural oil, petroleum engineers are involved in nearly all stages of oil and gas field evaluation, development and production. Career prospects are outstanding whilst average starting is an attractive $97,000. Average mid-career salary is as high as $155,000, whilst projected job growth stands at 17%.


The finance industry offers a huge number of career opportunities to job seekers, with starting salary pay averaging at $46,500. Growth in pay is significant, at 88%, whilst average mid-career salaries are around $87,300.





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