Choosing a subject to major in is one of those few life choices that will have a huge impact on your life. Choosing one of the best university degrees may not necessarily guarantee success, but it can at least put you on the right track.
For the record, we judge a degree to be amongst some of the ‘best,’ by the following criteria:
- Average salary, both when starting and during senior years
- Salary increase overtime
- Demand for the possible jobs you can get with the use of that degree
- Demand in the future for said jobs
- How easy it is to get hired
Do note that we are not going to mention any numbers for the salaries since they vary wildly by country, company and industry. So, without further ado.
1. Computer Science
I don’t think this surprises anyone. Computer science is definitely one of the best university degrees to have now and in the future. It is such a diverse field that has advanced immensely over the years to include subjects like machine learning, AI, blockchain technology and many more.
The classic ‘programming’ job, which is actually a rather vague term, is also one of the most sought-after ones in the world today. And while it is true that you do not necessarily need to have a degree to get hired in the IT field, it definitely helps.
The important aspect to note here is that in IT generally, high adaptability and fast learning are the key qualities employers look after. They are also crucial if you want to start your own business or work as a freelancer.
AI has turned from Sci-Fi to reality in less than a lifespan. And if headlines are anything to go by ‘those damn robots stealing our jobs’ need to be maintained, programmed and controlled by someone, don’t they? So, why not let that someone be you?
Returning to the robots that are stealing jobs, they shouldn’t be able to steal yours if you are the one making them right? Automation is actually an inter-disciplinary subject encompassing knowledge from different fields like mechanics, electronics and programming.
This is more of a future investment as we are sure to see an increasingly sharp demand in robotics specialists. It is worth noting that you are more likely to find this subject as a specialization in the other fields we mentioned before than as a standalone “Bachelor’s in Robotics”.
It is completely possible to have those exact words on your diploma, but not in all countries, so make sure to do the due research if you are interested. The possibilities are quite appealing. A robotics engineer can work in the transportation, aerospace, automotive and even medical industries.
The next best university degree you can get is economics. Well, someone has to worry about the impact of jobs appropriation by our metallic counterparts, so it is a natural choice.
This is one of the oldest fields in the world, it has withstood the test of time and is sure to be as important as it is today in the future. If you wish to pursue an economics degree, it is good to know that they usually throw in some business-related courses, along with programming, statistics and even politics.
The job possibilities are quite wide too. Anything from banker, accountant, analyst, financial advisor and even entrepreneur.
As long as we are still around this planet, someone will be needed to fix us just as we fix the robots. It is no secret that being a doctor is one of, if not THE, most respectable profession you could have today.
And this is for sure going to continue for quite a long time or until we all turn into cyborgs.
Here we include all of the related areas, even though there can be discrepancies between them. Mechanics, electronics, thermal, aerospace, agricultural, chemical, civil and so on. As you can see there are many to choose from and generally there will be a demand for all of them, with a focus on electronics and mechanics.
Basically, there will always be a need for someone to design and build anything that moves, including the maintenance, cause those things (which can mean anything from a pump to an airplane) tend to break.
This was the list with the best university degrees you can get right now that will be useful to you in the future. If the one you like or currently pursue is not listed here, it does not mean it is not useful. The top 5 listed here are our picks based on the criteria listed at the top of the page.