Top 10 Degrees for Emerging Industries

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Top 10 Degrees for Emerging Industries

Emerging industries are based on an innovative product, idea, or service that’s in its early stages of development. Economists and finance wizards track emerging industries because they’re good indicators of where the marketplace is headed in the near future. There are currently a number of emerging industries in the US that are gaining steam. The the recent economic downturn has helped us identify businesses that are poised to fill the gap for jobs that used to be the cornerstones of global commerce.

Engineering. Science. Healthcare. Education. Now is an exciting time to be picking a college major and future career track. Here are the top 10 degrees for emerging industries.

1. Biotechnology

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When it comes to healthcare, the future is being created as we speak. Biotechnology has moved out of the research lab and into the marketplace. As the products and services developed by biotechnologists begin to prove valuable, the industry will only continue to grow. The field at this point is so open that a remarkable variety of skills will fit. Do not think that this brand of science is limited to the traditional engineering-minded student.

How to get on board:

Biotechnology is becoming an increasingly popular degree program for students  interested in combining interests in:

  • biology
  • engineering
  • computer science

Many universities are opening degree programs in this field to fill demand for this very technical career track.

2. Environmental Engineering

Our economy is turning toward new ideas about how we can conserve and create energy. New sources of fuel will create markets that previously didn’t exist. Wind energy. Solar panels. Biofuels. Safer atomic fission. These are all ideas that once seemed a bit science fiction. Now they are starting to become more attractive alternatives to current options. Environmental engineering is also becoming a key to creating more effective living and working spaces.

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