ARLINGTON - Which college degrees can help boost or revive your career? With a lack of growth in several industries and the unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, finding the answer can be key for current employees or displaced workers considering enrolling in college in 2010.
Nursing, accounting, computer science and post-secondary and elementary school teaching are among the areas with the largest projected growth of new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook. These occupations are projected to add more than 1.4 million jobs from 2008-2018.
The University of Texas at Arlington offers studies in 187 fields within 10 colleges and schools, many of them aligned closely with such projected growth industries.
Melanie McGee, UT Arlington's Director of MBA Programs, attests to the premium potential employers place on MBAs, both in salary and promotion opportunities. UT Arlington's unique dual degree option allows students to earn both an MBA and a second master's degree in 10 specialized areas of business, McGee said.
"An MBA will equip you with the breadth of business knowledge so critical to securing leadership positions," she said. "In this highly competitive knowledge economy, gaining depth of knowledge in a specialized discipline, as well, is a very effective strategy to set yourself apart and give you that competitive edge."
Among the degrees that can give career-driven students a competitive edge, based on the bureau's projections, are:
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing: Demand for registered nurses is projected to grow by 581,500 new jobs from 2008 to 2018, the greatest job projection for any occupation. UT Arlington's School of Nursing is among the 20 largest in the nation with 117 faculty and over 1,200 nursing students in the BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Post-MSN, DNP and PhD programs. The School of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting: More than 279,000 new jobs are projected for accountants and auditors by 2018, according to the bureau. UT Arlington's Department of Accounting is the second largest accounting program in The University of Texas System and is nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education: Employment of elementary school teachers is projected to grow by more than 244,000 new jobs by 2018. The UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions offers undergraduate programs in early childhood through grade 4, mid-level, secondary and bilingual education. The college is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Master of Business Administration (MBA): More than 178,000 new jobs are projected by 2018 in the occupation of management analyst, a job that involves the collection and analysis of information to make recommendations to managers. Many private industry employers seek individuals with an MBA degree or a related discipline for these jobs, the bureau report says. UT Arlington's MBA programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Not only is UT Arlington's College of Business AACSB-accredited, it is among an elite group of fewer than 10 percent of U.S. business schools that has earned full accreditation at all degree levels in business administration and accounting.
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Software Engineering: The Bureau of Labor projects employment of computer software engineers to grow by more than 175,000 new jobs from 2008 to 2018. UT Arlington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In 1983, it was the first computer software engineering undergraduate program to be accredited in Texas.
UT Arlington, with more than 28,000 students in undergraduate and graduate studies, is one of the largest institutions in The University of Texas System and is on its way to becoming a nationally recognized, Tier One research institution.
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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.