10 Careers Worth Going Back to School for and How to Get There

Since the Great Recession of 2008, the demand for job skills have changed with a greater focus on analytical and technical skills. These types of skills can be essential in industries such as IT management and health administration. Here is a list of some of the most in-demand careers worth going back to school for to obtain a graduate degree.

Careers in Technology

A Master of Science in Information Technology can be a ticket to one of the fastest growing industries. Technology is everywhere. From our smart phones to cars that drive themselves, all utilize sophisticated software to connect the entire world through advanced technologies. Here are some employment opportunities for those in the know.

Data Scientist

With a media based salary averaging $110,000 annually, data scientists are needed by businesses and organizations of all kinds to expertly analyze data and turn it into usable information. Many universities don’t have degree programs specific to data science, but the NCU Master of Science in Data Science program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of this emerging, interdisciplinary field. Students will gain a broad knowledge base that includes the data lifecycle and how to process large amounts of unstructured data into useable datasets that organizations can utilize.

Software Developer

The landscape of software development is changing dramatically with the proliferation of high-functioning smart devices. This burgeoning career has a growth outlook of 24 percent, and median salary of $102,280, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Information Security Analyst

High profile data breaches show the need for Information Security Analysts. With a median salary of $92,600 and projected growth of 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, the demand for such specialists is strong across all business sectors, from IT; to healthcare; to finance and more.

Engineering Manager

Engineering managers are sought after in all types of engineering and technology management fields. In this specialization, you assess the potential of innovative ideas, protecting an organization’s intellectual property and bringing new ideas to fruition. It pays well, too, with a median Base Salary of $145,000.

Management Consultant

Through in-depth knowledge of how understanding businesses tick, management consultants provide keen insight and analysis in today's global business environment and are centered around professional communication, strategizing, crisis prevention and problem-solving skills. Those who embrace the challenge could earn a median base salary of $110,000.

Northcentral University’s School of Technology currently offers eight degree programs in the fields of computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, and others. Learn more about NCU’s School of Technology programs.

Careers in Healthcare

Individuals in healthcare will see their employment prospects grow 18 percent from the present till 2026. This may be due to the Baby Boomer generation getting older and staying more active longer than earlier retirees. This is causing a major increase in the numbers of patients, doctors and procedures, and also the number of healthcare facilities.

Professionals with a Master of Health Administration degree work in medical and health service management at hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, outpatient care centers, and at home healthcare organizations.

With your MHA from NCU, you could end up being employed in many areas, including:

Healthcare Administrator

Healthcare administrator or managers who supervise staff, enforce safety standards, control costs and ensure that patients receive the best treatment available. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the annual median pay for a healthcare administrator was $96,540 or $46.41 per hour in 2016. The job market is expected to grow an impressive 20 percent from now until 2026. As healthcare costs continue to rise, administrators are needed to help manage costs, ensure compliance, improve efficiency, increase effectiveness and manage employees.

Nursing Home Administrator

Nursing home administration is a specialized area of medical and health services management. Nursing home administrators work to supervise clinical and administrative affairs of nursing homes and related facilities. Typical duties of nursing home administrators include overseeing staff and personnel, financial matters, medical care, medical supplies, facilities, and other duties as specific positions demand.

Medical Insurance Underwriter

Underwriting involves an examination and analysis of an individual's medical information, which is used to determine how risky an individual is and thus how much that individual should pay for insurance. The national average salary for an Insurance Underwriter is $67,680 per year or $32.54 per hour.

Social Welfare Administrator

A social welfare administrator is also known as a social and community services manager. They plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these professionals could earn an average salary of $64,680.

NCU offers health science programs that can help prepare you for a range of rewarding roles in a variety of healthcare organizations. Learn more about our School of Health Sciences.