Degree Programs That Really Make a Resume Stand Out

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Degree ProgramsAn article by contributor Brooke Chaplan.

Finding a job can be quite a bit easier with the right resume. Certain degrees can also stand-out and grab the attention of human resource departments. New employment software packages work to target specific words including types of degrees, credentials, schools attended, and prior employers. Candidates with the following five degrees will fare much better than their peers, and you can use them to bolster you chances when looking into furthering your education.

Computer Science

This discipline has been around since the 1960s and with the surge in innovation and technology, it represents the ability to write your own future. There is a hierarchy among the broad computer sciences classification such as systems analysts and web administrators. It is similar to having a specialty in engineering or medicine. Regardless of the exact program of study, employers will be calling when you can show this degree.


Holding a degree in any of the vast categories within engineering is a boon for any resume. It will open doors in nearly every industry with room for advancement. Both private and public companies are consistently seeking the skills of civil, electrical, mechanical, and biomedical engineers. The education industry is an example of a sector that actively recruits individuals for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative.


For a treasure trove of employment choices, a medical degree is the top of the food chain. Individuals can carve out a career in the military, large or small practices, hospitals, research, and academia. Starting a private practice is another lucrative option for those that want to branch out on their own. Outside of the M.D. credential, there is a broad spectrum of occupations such as nursing, radiology, physical therapy, and others. A myriad job openings are available today, as well as leadership opportunities.


The rule of law has always played an important role in the human experience. Completing a degree in this field is another guarantee for lifetime employment. Positions for this discipline can be found in corporate, financial, medical, political and journalism. Private practice is another option with specialties narrowing the scope of law practiced. Lobbyists and clerks for various levels of judicial branches in government continue to provide rewarding careers.

Business Management

One of the most agile degrees is that of business management. It has the potential to set cultural and industry trends. The potent impact it has on world markets has been the catalyst of business school springing up across the globe. Secondary degrees like a masters in project management enhance this path further since leading and/or managing industries benefit from visions that are focused and organized.

For all these disciplines, there are not enough professionals to fill existing positions, with more flooding the market every day. Human resources and business decision-makers continue to be impressed with individuals that have these specific skill sets. To bolster your resume, consider pursuing one of the degrees discussed here.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter@BrookeChaplan.

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