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What are good careers that require only a 4 year degree?

xinnyxinny Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited September 2007 in Other College Majors
What careers can I get with a 4 year degree (graduating from UC Davis), but better than the jobs you can find coming from a state college?

I'm looking for a career thats worth the 20k+ tuition/year, but I'm unsure of the options I have.
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Replies to: What are good careers that require only a 4 year degree?

  • lrnprclllrnprcll Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    Nursing, if you are interested in the healthcare field, comes to mind. I dunno... there are a lotta jobs out there.

    What are YOU interested in?
  • ratrollratroll Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member

    And engineering and accounting.
  • VarsevVarsev Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    If the UC does not offer a traditional Business program, then the closest thing to a State school's Business program would be the popular Bus. Econ. Other than that, maybe Econ., Nursing for sure, and the rest, Engineering!
  • 43212344321234 Registered User Posts: 926 Member
    Well, anything practical really. People from state colleges have as much a chance at getting a job with the same degree. By practical, I mean the typical engineering, business, econ, accounting, etc. If all you're looking for is a steady job after college and don't plan to advance your education, then engineering or business is a good place for you. But of course, if you want to do something you actually like, you might have to go back to school.
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Registered User Posts: 8,093 Senior Member
    Computer science is a good major for a high pay at graduation.
  • lkf725lkf725 Registered User Posts: 4,781 Senior Member
    Engineering, nursing, accounting, education. Pharmacy and physical/occupational therapy if you are willing to go a little longer.
    Basically, "trade-like" majors where they teach you to do a specific type of job ususally pay pretty well.
  • 43212344321234 Registered User Posts: 926 Member
  • lkf725lkf725 Registered User Posts: 4,781 Senior Member
    education = teaching: as in elementary, middle or high school

    Teachers are generally paid fairly well to exremely well for 9 months of work ($44K to $94K in my area) and they generally have excellent benefits (some school districts' teachers pay 5% of their premiums, some pay zero toward their benefits.) Yeah, you could certainly get a job in education with a four year degree from anywhere.
  • hostiletakeoverhostiletakeover . Posts: 245 Junior Member
    Someone up there mentioned pharmacist? Thats incorrect, its not a four year degree, you need to go for 4 years of school, and than go to graduate pharmacy school.

    The same person mentioned occupational therapy and physical therapy, both wrong again, lol you need a four year degree for both, and than you have alot of training (with low pay) untill you can become certified and make the big bucks.

    Engineers make alot of money, electrical, computer, computer systems, nuclear, biomedical, chemical, mechanical, and probably more that I forgot

    Business, four year degree, and only one more year if you want your MBA, you can make good money with out it, but its very much worth it to get one.

    Physicians assistances make pretty decent money.
    (Im not sure whether this is only four years though)
  • lkf725lkf725 Registered User Posts: 4,781 Senior Member
    I said, perhaps not clearly enough, that pharmacy, PT or OT were good jobs *IF* you were willing to go a little longer. For example, many of these programs require that you have about two years of credits to apply. Typically, there is some hands-on clinical experience required at the end of the education (pharmacy's 6th year is all clinical experience, and PT requires some number of clinical experience hours). But, if you are willing to put in that extra time, you will have a secure job in any state you want with a nice salary. Oh, and you will have an MS degree or PharmD degree, rather than a bachelors degree. No matter what job you get with a liberal arts bachelors degree, two years of work experience will not likely get you to the salary levels of these medical fields.

    When you are working to gain experience in the medical fields I mentioned, you are not yet licensed and you make a fraction of what a licensed person makes. But rest assured, when you finish your training and become licensed, you will make substantial bucks. An engineering intern is not yet graduated, but they can make $15-$20 per hour; not bad for a student. Pharmacy interns have a similar situation.

    Also, I stand by my statement that a four year degree in nursing, education or engineering will yield some decent job opportunities.
  • grantedingrantedin Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Accounting is a great field to get into. I think 4 year degree in accounting will be good enough to take a CPA exam.
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