A lot of people make the mistake of choosing a degree based simply on the salary of the job they want. But many of the top salaried positioned have a terrible job market. And so it's very risky to pursue degrees in those fields because your chances of being unemployed are very high. In this economy, it's much better to minimize risk and maximize the likelihood that you'll be able to find a job.
Your goal when choosing a degree should be picking one with both a good job market and good salary. In an article titled The Top 51 Degrees for Getting a Job and Making Money the website The Best Degrees offers a thorough analysis of the degrees people should get if their main goal is to find a decent paying job.
In the report, they evaluate what they call "job opportunity" which favors degrees that are in high demand, yet also provide good salaries.
According to their criteria, here are the top 15 degrees for finding a job:
1. MBA Degree in Technology Management
2. PhD Degree in Computer Science
3. Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering
4. Master’s Degree in Education Administration
5. Master’s Degree in Geoscience
6. Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
7. Bachelor’s Degree in Databases
8. Master’s Degree in Operations Research
9. Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networks
10. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
11. Master’s Degree in Epidemiology
12. Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology
13. Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy
14. Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
15. Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant
For the rest of the list, go here.