Careers of the future will look very different from the careers people commonly have today. Take a moment to consider how work has changed in the past 100 or so years: In the early 1900s, people used to have to work 10-14 hour shifts in factories that didn’t care whether their employees died on the job or not.
The way we work has changed as well, and robots can handle the more dangerous or menial tasks that used to be considered jobs for human beings. Technology has made life much easier for us, but transitioning into a career landscape with ever-evolving technology can be daunting.
While getting a graduate degree is by no means the “ultimate answer” to staying on top of trends in the workforce, it can help in understanding the changes and being able to adapt to new technology. Graduate degrees provide a great way to change careers, especially if you didn’t have a specialized degree in undergraduate, or if you want to supplement your current education. We found a few hot new graduate degrees that you might not have known existed, and these credentials could get you ahead of the game.
PhD in Electronic Arts. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s PhD in the electronic arts blends technology and the arts with theory and practice for a doctorate degree that will provide a challenge to your creative genius and allow you to research and create. You could develop the next immersive virtual reality game while analyzing how technology helps us to recreate our experiences in and outside of simulated worlds, or work on an art project that takes technology to a whole new level.
M.S./PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Automation and Distributed Intelligence. The robot takeover is already here, from tiny robots that assist with delicate tissue surgeries to more complex robots that resemble human beings and could become companions for the elderly. With a master’s or doctorate degree in robotics from an institution like the Colorado School of Mines, you could research and develop robots for the mining and manufacturing industries to make those careers safer for humans and better for the environment.
M.A./M.Ed. in Humane Education. The Institute for Humane Education offers a fully accredited graduate program in humane education through Valparaiso University that will prepare you for a career in teaching people about the ethical treatment of the environment and the animals. Courses in human rights and culture and change are also part of the program. If you have a passion for helping people, animals and the environment, this might be the graduate degree for you.
M.P.S. in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management. With our entire lives online, hackers can gain access to a wealth of information they can use against us. Cybersecurity becomes even more important as engineers come up with ways in which to integrate computer technology and the human body. The master of professional studies from George Washington University focuses on security for the public and private sectors. The program was developed in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, so you’ll be getting the latest on cybersecurity.
M.S./PhD in Space Studies. If we continue to explore space (and as a Star Trek fan, I hope we do), then a graduate degree in space studies would mean that you get inside access to efforts to explore space and someday engage in interplanetary travel. Several universities offer this or a related degree, including Rice University, University of North Dakota and the University of Houston. Be the first to design a starship that can travel at warp speed!
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