The Best And Worst Master’s Degrees For 2016 Are Here If You’re Looking To Drop Loads Of Cash

Forbe's Best And Worst Master's Degrees For 2016 Are Here If You're Looking To Drop Loads Of Cash

With Christmas bonuses from the job you hate securely deposited into your checking account, you may be starting to consider leaving once and for all to go back to school. This is a decision that I and many of my peers have made, and it’s certainly one I don’t regret for a second. However, going back to school means acquiring additional loans and forgoing a couple years’ worth of income, so you need to be careful when selecting your continuing education degree to make sure that it’s actually worth it, financially speaking. Forbes is here to help, because they just released the ten best and worst Master’s degrees for your career that you can get in 2016, so let’s check out what the experts have to say.

Top 10 Master’s Degrees For Jobs In 2016

10. Software Engineering
9. Occupational Therapy
8. Physician Assistant Studies
7. Computer Science
6. Management Information Systems
5. Physical Therapy
4. Communication Sciences and Disorders
3. Speech-Language Pathology
2. Statistics
1. Biostatistics

Worst 10 Master’s Degrees For Jobs In 2016

10. Architecture
9. Theology
8. Elementary Education
7. Taxation
6. Art History
5. Journalism
4. Library Science
3. Construction Management
2. Sports Management
1. Criminal Justice

These Master’s degrees were ranked by their associated career paths, early- and mid-level pay, and projected future job growth, because what good is an awesome career if your job gets replaced by a robot in 10 years? As usual, STEM-related fields dominated the list, and communications and arts-related degrees don’t get you very far. If you graduated with a liberal arts degree and don’t want to have to use Excel in your professional life, it may be better to polish your resume and start job-hopping a bit to get the experience you need to rise to the top of your career ladder. For the rest of us, it’s time to break out your graphing calculators, because you’re going to need them for the first day of class.

[via Forbes]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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