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    25 Hottest Careers for
    Master's Degrees

    Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections

    Top 25 Careers with Master's Degrees based on Numeric Change in Total Employment
    (2008-2018)
    OccupationEmployment
    (in thousands)
    Employment Change,
    2008-2018
    2008
    Median
    annual
    wages
    (Dollars)
    20082018Number (in
    thousands)
    Percent
    Clergy670.1755.2 85.1 12.7 41,730
    Physical therapists185.5241.7 56.2 30.3 72,790
    Educational, vocational, and school counselors275.8314.4 38.6 14.0 51,050
    Instructional coordinators133.9165.0 31.1 23.2 56,880
    Physician assistants74.8103.9 29.2 39.0 81,230
    Mental health counselors113.3140.4 27.2 24.0 36,810
    Occupational therapists104.5131.3 26.8 25.6 66,780
    Mental health and substance abuse social workers137.3164.1 26.8 19.5 37,210
    Rehabilitation counselors129.5154.1 24.5 19.0 30,930
    Environmental scientists and specialists, including health85.9109.8 23.9 27.9 59,750
    Speech-language pathologists119.3141.4 22.1 18.5 62,930
    Operations research analysts63.076.9 13.9 22.0 69,000
    Librarians159.9172.4 12.5 7.8 52,530
    Social scientists and related workers, all other32.840.1 7.4 22.4 68,720
    Urban and regional planners38.445.7 7.3 19.0 59,810
    Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers33.639.4 5.9 17.5 79,160
    Counselors, all other33.437.8 4.4 13.1 39,930
    Marriage and family therapists27.331.3 3.9 14.5 44,590
    Statisticians22.625.5 2.9 13.1 72,610
    Curators11.714.4 2.7 23.0 47,220
    Psychologists, all other15.918.3 2.3 14.4 86,120
    Anthropologists and archeologists5.87.4 1.6 28.1 53,910
    Hydrologists8.19.6 1.5 18.3 71,450
    Mathematical scientists, all other6.67.8 1.2 17.6 54,990
    Sociologists4.96.0 1.1 21.9 68,570