5. Financial managers
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Master’s degree premium: 37.5% higher (+$30,000 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $110,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $80,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 19.7%Projected job growth by 2026: 18.7%
Financial managers, who direct investment activities and develop long-term financial strategies for organizations, are in extremely high demand. With a projected growth rate far exceeding the national average, this position may be a good choice for those seeking job security. Its well above average salary makes it even more attractive.