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Ever since you were young, you’ve wanted to teach others. You couldn’t wait to stand up in front of the classroom and tell everyone about your area of expertise.

But did you know that you don’t have to stick to the usual English, Math, and Science degrees to pursue a teaching career? Check out the following unique degrees and see how they help you further your education skills.

Movement Therapy

Can’t decide between dance and psychology? Why not do both? Movement therapy encourages participants to express emotions and feelings through movement. With a movement therapy degree, you’ll learn how to help individuals of all ages improve their self-esteem and body image, enhance their communication skills, and gain insights into behavior patterns. Movement therapy will also give you a powerful tool for managing stress and preventing physical and mental health problems.

Forensic Archaeology

Can’t seem to pull your students away from their favorite crime shows and murder mystery soaps? Give them a hands-on approach to science through forensic archaeology. Forensic archeologists and anthropologists use geological and geophysical surveying techniques to investigate crime scenes. With your degree, you’ll be able to explain how experts can date items in grave sites and preserve vital evidence, such as paint flakes, hair, and clothing. You’ll also have in-depth knowledge of how certain materials degrade or decompose over time in given circumstances, such as clothing buried in loose soil.

Military History

As a history teacher, you likely know your dates and facts for important wars and revolutions. But when you earn a degree in military history, you take that knowledge one step further. As a military historian, you’ll study both ancient and modern warfare and their effects on various cultures. You’ll also discover strategies and techniques military tacticians and theoreticians relied on throughout history. With a degree in a military history graduate program, you’ll be able to give your students a deeper, more engaging lesson on history and provide intriguing historical viewpoints that will leave them excited rather than bored.

Puppetry

You probably grew up watching Sesame Street and other Jim Henson creations — and many of your students will likely do the same. So how can you use that shared background to your advantage? A degree in puppetry will teach you how to craft your own puppets and perform with them. You’ll also discover tried-and-true techniques for writing scripts and shows that will appeal to audiences of all ages. With your own puppet on hand (so to speak), you can help your students feel more comfortable in the classroom, whether they need help making new friends or studying for a test.

These are just a few degrees that will supplement your courses in teaching education. Feel free to branch out and try something creative to round out your knowledge and skill set.

This article was contributed by guest author Rachelle Wilber.

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Image by John Walker, Flickr

Acquiring a graduate degree is one of the best ways to stand out from the competition while job hunting or transitioning into upper management. For those that are unsure of which degrees will have the highest return on investment, here is a closer look at six of the best options that should prove lucrative in the coming years.

Finance

Both graduate and undergraduate degrees focusing on finances have proven to be some of the best investments that students can make when it comes to their education. These degrees are incredibly flexible and will allow graduates to move into practically any field imaginable, including the private sector and public sector.

Biostatistics

Biostatistics is a relatively new field that blends statistical analysis with biological systems. A major branch of this field is medical biostatistics in which professionals collect, track, and analyze data streaming from hospitals, clinical studies, and government research.

Information Science and Systems

One of the fastest growing fields within the technology sector is big data. As companies continue to produce vast amounts of data, they require specialists that can safely store and secure this information on-site and in the cloud. These careers often start with a six figure salary and have some of the highest satisfaction ratings.

Behavior Analysis

For those that want to work directly with children and adults with behavioral disorders, a Behavior Analyst Certification remains the best option for expanding their career. A graduate degree is one of the last steps before receiving state certification to becoming a professional counselor.

M.B.A.

Students that are unsure of which field they would like to enter into or want to improve their chances of being promoted at their current job should consider a Master of Business Administration. Over the past decade, this has been the single most popular graduate program with upwards of 250,000 new graduates every single year.

Computer Engineering

There is no doubt that computer engineers will continue to be some of the most sought after specialists in the next few decades. Engineers currently have the option of carrying out hands-on research within a lab setting or working directly for private companies and public organizations to develop custom hardware and software.

The salary may never be an employee’s sole reason for picking a career path, but these six options are an excellent blend of long-term job growth, satisfaction scores, and high median wages.

This article was contributed by guest author Rachelle Wilber.

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Do you feel guilty about watching the Olympics this year? Like you really should be working on that assignment instead? Well, before you turn off the TV, we’ve got some news: it might actually be good for you, a student, to watch the infamous Games – and not just so you know what everyone’s talking about on Facebook.

The Olympics can be both inspirational and educational for students. No, we’re not just talking to those of you who happen to be athletes. We’re talking to students majoring in…well, everything.

Hear us out.

We’ve talked before about how you can’t get any better education than incorporating real-world experience into courses, and the Olympics gives you an opportunity to really see what goes on behind-the-scenes.

Still aren’t sold?

Here are some ways students in various majors can keep an eye on real-world happenings in their industry while completely enjoying the Olympic Games, guilt-free:

  • Marketing Students:

  • Over a billion dollars has already been spent on marketing at the Olympics. Can you see what it’s been spent on? Future marketers can watch for product placement and banners at the events themselves, and how companies all around the world take advantage of the buzz through commercials and social media. What’s the most effective marketing tactic for you?

  • PR and Journalism Students:

  • Sure to be one of the biggest news subjects of the year, watch the various events and figure out what you would write about. What do you think tomorrow’s big story will be? How would you handle a scandal for the media? What are the most tweeted events? Which news entity do you think is providing the best coverage?

  • Political Science Students:

  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Russian government is handling the event? What are your criticisms of it? What would you suggest for the use of the event venues after the Olympics to ensure the government doesn’t lose money?

  • Economics Students:

  • A lot of money has been spent on building new event venues and improving infrastructure for the Olympics. Would you have done anything differently? Do you think it was a worthwhile idea to spend money on infrastructure and buildings now, in hopes Russia can recoup the costs later?

  • Travel and Tourism Students:

  • Although many people will be attending the Olympics in Sochi this year, some may be wary about visiting Russia in the future. How would you promote tourism here? What would you do to help people feel safe in the country? Are hotels and restaurants doing anything special for the Olympics to welcome tourists? How much have prices increased during the event?

  • Biology Students:

  • Which country is taking home the most medals? Do you see a relationship between medals won in certain sports and the countries these winners are from? Do you think the genetic makeup of a person has anything to do with their skill in a sport?

  • Urban Planning Students:

  • Over 8 billion dollars was spent building new roads, railways, and even a glass-front train station in Sochi. Pay attention to what transportation is like – are people complaining about congestion? Did the company in charge of infrastructure do enough (or not enough) to host the event?

  • Physics and Engineering Students:

  • Look into how the engineers built the platforms for various events – how do they perfect the icy track for the luge? How do the skiers make sure they rotate the right amount in the air? Pay attention to the angles and surfaces used in different winter sports. Have any innovative materials been used this year?

  • Psychology Students:

  • Listen to the interviews of various athletes before and after the events. Are the expected winners taking home medals? Is anyone cracking under pressure? What might influence their mentality at the games?

As you can see, as a worldwide event, the Olympics is not just a sports competition. Every industry is involved in some respect, and if you are passionate about your major, you’ll find how the Games relate to you. You’ll learn about the way it applies in a real-world situation, and you may even be able to work what you’ve learned into your next assignment.

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Image by Tax Credit, Flickr

Let me start with a disclaimer: choosing a degree based solely on expected earnings is usually not the best way to plan your future. When debating which career path to take, the opportunities your degree could provide should certainly factor into your decision, but they should not necessarily define it. Choose your field of study because you enjoy it, not because it will make you lots of money. Jim Rohn, a popular business philosopher, sums it up well: money is usually attracted, not pursued.

With that said, let’s get going. The list below may look a little different from ones you’ve seen before, so if you have a passion for any of these 10 fields, congratulations – there is potential for you to make some great money:

  1. Economics
  2. Highest Paid Position: Economic Analyst (Government). Median Salary: $100,277
    Economics is a rapidly growing and evolving field of study. Learn the intricacies of hyperbolic discounting, inputs and outputs and absolute or comparative advantage and you’re well on your way to raking in the big bucks. Or I should say you’ll have “absolute advantage over competitors in a balanced playing field based on your opportunity cost.”

  3. BSc Engineering – Petroleum, Chemical, Electrical, Civil etc.
  4. Highest Paid Positions:
    Utilities Manager. Median Salary: $100,006
    Petroleum Engineer. Median Salary: $93,517
    Engineering Manager. Median Salary: $87,131
    Software Engineer. Median Salary: $79,997
    Chemical Engineer. Median Salary: $78,000

    As you can see, engineering degrees offer excellent diversity – and salaries – in the job market. Engineering degrees focus on math, science, physics and engineering principles.

  5. Political Science, Communication, Public Administration or Business Administration
  6. Highest Paid Position: Senior Government Manager. Median Salary: $95,992
    Liberal Arts degrees offer the flexibility to work in several fields. The stereotype that government employees actually do very little work is untrue – you can expect to work long hours and be a sounding board for angry citizens. Remember that this is a position you’ll need to work your way up to, but obtaining one of the above degrees is a great place to start.

  7. Pharmacy
  8. Highest Paid Position: Pharmacist. Median Salary: $95,680
    Here you’ll need a bachelor’s degree to be accepted into a medical graduate school, where you can expect to spend four years refining your chemistry and drug techniques. Your future job will require a lot of responsibility understanding and handling medications.

  9. Education Administration
  10. Highest Paid Position: School Principal and Administrator. Median Salary: $90,002
    Education administrators facilitate the effective running of institutions, and are an important tool in the education domain. To enter this field you’ll typically need an honours degree in business studies, education, English or social sciences. The majority of education administrators also have a teaching background, so work that into the equation as well.

  11. Geology
  12. Highest Paid Positions: Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist. Median Salary: $89,440
    Geology is the study of rocks. More complicated than deciding whether they’re flat enough to skip across the lake, it can be an interesting and diverse career path. Emphasis in geology degrees is often placed on math, science and writing. You may be required to do some outdoor in-field work in order to obtain your degree.

  13. PhD in any field
  14. Highest Paid Position: University Professor. Median Salary: $81,994
    Want to torment students with homework and assignments just like your professors do? They worked hard to get there, and so can you. The road to nourishing and moulding young minds is an academically long one, as almost all post-secondary institutions require their professors to have a PhD in their field of study. Degree to PhD can often take 12+ years.

  15. Law, Finance or Human Resource Management
  16. Highest Paid Positions: Lawyer, Financial Administrator, Human Resource Manager. Median Salary: $79,997
    Law commonly finds itself near the top of the salary pile. Working towards your J.D. requires another three years at a (potentially costly) law school. Applicants to law school should have a BA or equivalent. Financial Administrators oversee the fiscal activities of a business or government. Students often go on to pursue a master’s degree in finance for this role. Human Resource Managers plan and manage labour within a business in order to maximize value. Again, some students continue their education and earn an MBA with a focus on human resource management.

  17. Bachelor of Business in Real Estate
  18. Highest Paid Position: Real Estate and Financial Manager. Median Salary: $79,872
    Although a degree is not required to enter this field, it is preferable in order to remain competitive. Expect to start your career as a sales person in a brokerage firm. After extensive training and testing, you would then be eligible to move into estate brokerage. Selling houses to the rich and famous is just a stone’s throw away!

  19. Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  20. Highest Paid Position: Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. Median Salary: $77,813
    Audiologists and speech pathologists help to identify, evaluate and manage hearing, language, speech or cognitive disorders. They run tests and develop action plans to improve or rehabilitate speaking and hearing disorders. Generally a Masters of Health Science degree, you’ll be required to complete a four year bachelor’s degree first.

Remember, when choosing your degree, don’t only look at the projected salary. Also check what jobs are in demand in your area, and always choose something you’ll enjoy! The more you enjoy it, the harder you’ll work, and the higher salary potential you’ll have.

Source: Canadian Business