Given the time and money it takes to earn a bachelor's degree, investing in graduate education can seem like a risky investment. However, many graduate degree career paths ultimately pay off in the form of serious income gains.
We compiled a list of 10 different career paths based on some of the highest-paying bachelor's degrees by salary potential, and the data shows that earning a graduate degree can yield as much as a 61% pay increase per year for the same major.
A nurse practitioner or nursing systems management degree can open up entirely new opportunities in this growing profession.
Many careers on this list are, unsurprisingly, related to engineering—and jobs in this high-demand field tend to come with high salaries as well. Systems engineering is no exception.
Like engineering, computer-related skills are in high demand, so it should come as no surprise that highly trained experts are needed in this field.
There is a range of things you can do with a marketing degree, and an international business focus further widens these opportunities.
Electrical and communications engineering is one of many specific focuses within the broad engineering field.
This is just one example of the numerous graduate degree career paths that lead to lucrative positions in business management.
A master’s degree in education will yield a higher salary for elementary and secondary school teaching jobs and open up opportunities at colleges and universities.
Computers and engineering are two highly valued parts of modern society, making the development of electronics an important and prosperous career.
With an impressive salary already associated with a bachelor’s degree in this field, graduate-level chemical engineers still get a modest increase in wages.
At the interface of two of the most sought-after skills in the modern world, people with graduate degrees in computer science and engineering see one of the highest salary percentage increases as compared to their undergraduate counterparts.
Making an investment in graduate-level education may seem daunting, but if you plan well, taking this leap can most certainly pay off and be well worth the risk.
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