PopularSurprising SciencePersonal GrowthMind & BrainSex & RelationshipsTechnology & InnovationCulture & ReligionPolitics & Current Affairs
The most valuable college majors will prepare students for a world right out a science fiction novel.
29 September, 2018
- The future of work is going to require a range of skills learned that take into account cutting edge advancements in technology and science.
- The most valuable college majors in the future will prepare students for new economies and areas of commerce.
- Mathematics, engineering and science related educational majors will become an ubiqitous feature of the new job market.
<p>The future of work is going to be something beyond our wildest dreams. Our universities and future crop of students cannot afford to fall behind in this incredibly new and competitive environment. While fears of automation taking away all our jobs are largely <a href="https://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/relax-the-robots-wont-take-all-our-jobs" target="_self">unfounded and overhyped</a>, many professions will cease to exist. But the foundations for entire new spectrums of commerce and education are already being laid.</p><p>We may be in the infancy of a new space age, where we'll need structural engineers to build Moon buildings and lawyers who can fight for their clients in new land domains outside of Earth. Personalized medicine may turn a regular old trip to the doctor more akin to a cosmetic enhancement appointment.</p><p>The students and citizens of the future world need to be prepared. These seven most valuable college majors take into account short-term job growth prospects, future relevance and need for problems we've yet to face.</p>
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MTEzNDEzM30._WsNa4QFlo7PymuPAWyhZpmuFg6v3Ee1Xm37u2LCgqs/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C81%2C0%2C303&height=700" id="405c4" width="1245" height="700" data-rm-shortcode-id="e5f109c08ef2ee7defe4f1b56f2bdf2d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Bill Ingalls NASA via Getty Images<p>Aeronautics and aviation technology is a major area of growth both on this planet and off of it.</p><p>In the nearterm, expected employment rate is estimated to grow 5 percent by 2020. These degree programs focus mostly on aerodynamics and mechanics, preparing their students to either become pilots or focus on applied engineering.</p> <p>Most aerospace programs have a rigorous curriculum designed to produce only the best engineers and weed out those that can't hack it. Students will be learning about thermodynamics, flight mechanics and on the space side – spacecraft design, orbital mechanics and more.</p>New heavy hitters like billionaires Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and <a href="https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/why-spacexs-falcon-heavy-is-such-a-big-deal" target="_self">Elon Musk</a> are all funnelling billions into rocket companies intent on exploring and colonizing our closest celestial neighbors. That's not even taking into account the booming drone business taking to the skies here on Earth and established institutions and companies like NASA and Boeing advancing into space.
Applied Mathematics<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MzkwMDM3OH0.XzZXBbXmv86LxDyCi1Csi5D_IMK1CfsNPwPrcfYZ6Gg/img.jpg?width=980" id="d0cce" width="1024" height="680" data-rm-shortcode-id="6f0267aeb81f29470dba5aec1e2eda93" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Advertising<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzg1NTA0NX0.Rsqbv-1XqhXwKdZboYCiZvdj8wp6W2v9vKupDSmc9vw/img.jpg?width=980" id="44253" width="1024" height="683" data-rm-shortcode-id="23b08a0cfdc00075c19bf55751ebf603" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images<p>Advertising is a dynamic field that is continually changing as new media mediums emerge into the fold. Writing ad copy once reserved for print advertisements now flows out from our smartphones and pervades the digital realm as we explore virtual worlds. </p><p>The future of <a href="https://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/gamifying-reality-how-ar-and-vr-will-combine-to-transform-experience" target="_self">augmented and virtual realities</a> will bring about a multi-trillion dollar industry run off the back of advertising dollars.There is an expected ten percent growth by 2022. Massive companies like Alphabet and Facebook solely exist because they've created a new need and space for companies and customers alike to connect. Commerce will never tire of the marketing or ad executive. </p><p>Future electronic <em>Mad Men </em>will sell you trips to orbital resorts. Holographic screens will advertise the best place to get a genomic tune up. There will always be a need to advertise. </p>
Robotics<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3NjUyMzY4NX0.vteO2l0REvoZ_i118zegYCUVCQr6QT80IC1sl8_V_z8/img.jpg?width=980" id="d0de3" width="2000" height="1500" data-rm-shortcode-id="da87d35c7bd9f254d4db4a754728f647" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Getty Images<p>The robotics field has been active nearly since the early 20th century. Myths and the history of automatons is as old as human civilization. But the field has never more exciting than it is now. While some universities offer standalone robotics degrees – skills needed to enter the robotics field usually come from a number of different engineering degrees.</p><p>The robotics field is so vast with <a href="https://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/whats-the-difference-between-ai-machine-learning-and-robotics" target="_self">specialized niches </a>growing in number everyday. Skillsets range from programming to mechanical engineering. A good background in computer science or engineering is a plus. But it really depends on what type of aspect of robotics you want to study. Even psychologists could be useful in the event our robotics become conscious, we'll need every skill set and variety of human expertise involved for our new silicon creations.<br></p>
Bioengineering<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDIwNDk4Nn0.bth4LujlpXoDYO2s6WR7Bbd5M3HVyHytzhoRMY58tGU/img.jpg?width=980" id="47105" width="1024" height="683" data-rm-shortcode-id="7ef187c01bf888da012cbfabfd421be8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Computer Science<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY4MDM4NDA3NX0.iBV6XgRB6ih_-9J_6xV6q68feEEJNgZJ1UdqsiWlgKo/img.jpg?width=980" id="688ed" width="833" height="575" data-rm-shortcode-id="e405c9a234cbcf7b74a25cc3e65c2cbd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Law<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MzgxOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNTU1MTkwOH0.TRhWP36MD-r1ZfRkyg4TeVaPIAnY4J_RnxA0fmn0Ilc/img.jpg?width=980" id="a3e9e" width="1024" height="689" data-rm-shortcode-id="c52b3ab664b6e6560210e74a36bb8ff9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Signing of the Outerspace Treaty
Keep reading Show less