When making this decision, consider your current career path, future job markets, timeline, and flexibility. Here are a few questions you need to answer before you select a degree:
Most degrees fall under one of the following areas of study:
These degree areas can be further narrowed down to very specific areas of concentration. Having pre-determined career goals can help make choosing your degree a simple process.
Tip: Career counselors and Education Service Officers can help you make the career choice that matches your skills and interests by giving you a career skills and interest assessment. This will help you focus on the career options that match your experience, skills, and personal interests. Active duty and reserve servicemembers can contact their local education service office or career counselor for details. Veterans can get this counseling and employment assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Although factoring future job growth into your degree choice may mean taking more classes, which in turn will increase your time and expense, it is well worth the effort. In fact combining your personal interests with the forecasted job market is a sure way to make the most of your education benefits.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor the future top career fields include:
Some degrees are more flexible than others; for instance, Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degrees are often the fastest and most flexible. In addition, an MBA can be as narrow or broadly focused as you like, and nearly every college offers business degree programs.
Once you have made your degree choice, you will need to find a school that offers that degree and has programs that fit your needs. Use the Military.com School Finder to find schools that not only have the program you want but also accept the benefits you are entitled to.
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