Why studying a masters degree will make you rich

Universities and institutions like to focus on the improving aspects of learning and expanding your mind to new ideas and opinions. Although this is important, it is not the only reason many students undertake an arduous and difficult masters course. Another reason people choose to study a masters program is to improve their earning potential. So, why and how can your choice of masters degree make you rich?

Pick your industry carefully

Your potential future earnings will depend on the field you go into. Entering into the public sector has traditionally had lower wages, although this is changing, and often these careers have generous benefits like pensions packages and flexible working hours. Some industries have higher wages, like finance or the oil industry, and even some sectors of some industries have higher wages, like the luxury end of the hospitality or retail industries.

Target industries that need talented people

Targeting industries that are lacking in new talented recruits will increase your potential earnings. Remember that things change. Just because there are plenty of jobs today doesn't mean that will be the position of that industry when you finish your course or in twenty years time. Checking the expected future of any industry you are planning on studying is a good way to ensure you will make money in the future.

Vocational instead of general training

A masters degree that qualifies you for a specific industry or will equip you with a set of skills that very few other people in your industry have, will give you an advantage over those with more general qualifications. It will also help you to measure the potential of the course if you are able to search for the specific job that you will be qualified for in the end. Then you will be in a position to check the future earning potential before applying.

Gain entrepreneurial skills

Of course, you don't need to work for somebody else to make yourself rich. The entrepreneurial skills that you develop on a business course will stand you in good stead when striking out on your own. Many business or management courses advertise this in the course description. Don't forget about the importance of the network of contacts you will develop whilst studying, by improving and maintaining this network you have an excellent way of increasing your future chances of making money.

Consider your masters course as an investment

When setting yourself out from the pool of graduates competing for jobs, a masters degree might just be the way to showcase your skills no matter what the subject. It might make all the difference to gaining the first position in a lucrative new career.

There are plenty of reasons why studying for a masters degree in any subject will make you rich. It's all about what you do with your skills once you've gained them to make the most of your future earning potential. Learning for purely academic reasons is noble and worthwhile in itself, but the reality is that most of us need to make money to live and maximising this potential might be just what you want to do.

Careers that benefit from a masters degree include...

Here is a list of the top paying careers that benefit from a masters degree:

  • Engineering or Construction Management
  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Software Engineer
  • Statisticians and Mathematician
  • Biomedical Research
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Finance


Related Articles

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Why Postgrads Should Consider Entrepreneurship

Turn Your Masters Degree Into A Job



Leave a comment

All contributors must be over 16 year olds

By submitting your comment you agree to our privacy policy.

Register with Postgrad.com

  • Exclusive bursaries
  • Open day alerts
  • Latest PG news
Register Now!