Research names top five most in-demand college degrees

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers has named the top five in-demand bachelor's degrees in its "2011 Job Outlook."

In conducting the study, researchers polled employers to see what positions are in need.

According to the study, the most in-demand degree is accounting. Employment opportunities for accountants will rise 22 percent through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. An average salary for an accountant is around $68, 960.

Second on the list is a degree of finance. Job prospects for financial analysts are expected to grow 20 percent through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A Financial analyst can expect an average a salary of $86,040.

The study says that the third most in-demand degree is engineering, as jobs in that field are expected to climb 11-percent through 2018. An electrical engineer has a higher average salary than some other engineering jobs with an average of $87,770, where mechanical and civil engineers average a little over $82,000.

Computer Science majors are fourth on the list, as jobs in computer science are expected to grow 24 percent through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Computer Scientists average a salary of $103,150 a year.

Rounding out the list with the fifth most in-demand degree is business administration. A degree in business administration allows graduates to pursue several different job routes, and jobs are expected to continue to rise through the next several years. Jobs can range from public relations and marketing specialists averaging over $50,000 a year, to operations research analysts making $76,980 a year.

All average salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's median earnings for 2010.

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