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New year, new job outlooks

May 15, 2024

A Brandeis Online degree could prepare you to succeed in one of the highest-growth careers of 2024.

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The new year often brings with it a whole host of aspirations for the months ahead. For many individuals, these goals center around professional growth — including developing new skills, obtaining promotions and even switching careers.

Pursuing a certificate or degree from Brandeis Online can help you to achieve any one of these goals — especially if you are working towards a position ranked as one of the best jobs in 2024.

According to U.S. News and World Report, careers with a focus on analytics, management and software development are expected to have the highest salaries, largest potential job growth and lowest unemployment rate in the new year. With programs centered around business analytics, project and program management, software engineering and more, a Brandeis Online can give you the skills necessary to succeed in these sought-after positions.

Marketing manager

Nearly making it into the top 10 best jobs in 2024, the position of marketing manager was ranked number 11 by the U.S. News and World Report, with a median salary of $140,000 and an estimated 23,700 new jobs by 2032.

With online commerce and social media becoming the new norm, our MS in Digital Marketing and Design will prepare you to thrive as a marketing manager. Featuring courses on both digital marketing and design principles, the Brandeis Online curriculum allows for an understanding of both the technical and creative aspects of producing effective marketing campaigns — which will make you stand out from the crowd. With available electives in project management and communication for effective leadership, you can also sharpen your leadership skills, thus making you an exceptional candidate for marketing manager.

If you already have a degree in marketing, further education in project and program management or business analytics could get you one step closer to being promoted to a higher-level marketing position. An MS in Project and Program Management will equip you with the tools and techniques required to successfully initiate, plan and execute any project. On the other hand, an MS in Business Analytics will prepare you to harness the power of data, using programming and model building techniques to make more informed business decisions.

Data scientist

Ranked number eight by U.S. News and World Report, the job of a data scientist involves the transformation of raw data into meaningful information that can be used to guide business ventures or open directions for further research. Data scientists may work in a variety of industries — and Brandeis Online offers degrees that can prepare you to succeed in a number of them.

If you’re looking to use your analytical skills to support research and advancements in the health sciences, the online MS in Bioinformatics may be the perfect program for you. With courses centered around biomedical statistics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics scripting and data bases, the MS in Bioinformatics will provide you with a skill set tailored to a career in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, or biomedical research. If you’re looking to move from the lab into a more office-oriented role, then the MS in Bioinformatics will give you the background in programming and analysis required to successfully make that transition.

For those interested in working with data in a different industry — such as finance, marketing, or sports management — then the MS in Business Analytics may be better suited for your career goals. Our courses incorporate data sets and case studies from each of these industries, thus enabling you to become more familiar with the process of using data to solve real-world business challenges. With a robust curriculum containing courses using R, Python, Tableau, PyTorch and more, the MS in Business Analytics will prepare you to meet industry standards when it comes to computational programming languages, packages, and frameworks.

Medical and health services manager

Medical and health services manager is ranked number six on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs list — and for good reason. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the demand for individuals in the healthcare industry is increasing, with a job growth rate of 28.4% in management positions.

While the MS in Project and Program Management and MS in Business Analytics could both provide the tools needed to thrive in a healthcare management position, Brandeis Online also offers a Healthcare Analytics Master’s Certificate that is specifically tailored for work in the healthcare industry.

With courses covering healthcare analytics, predictive modeling in healthcare, healthcare database fundamentals, and data mining and visualization in healthcare, the Healthcare Analytics Master’s Certificate will prepare you to make data-based healthcare decisions that can drive change and improve patient outcomes. If you already work in the healthcare field, this certification will give you the additional training needed to become an ideal candidate for senior or leadership positions.

Software or web developer

Today, technology playing a larger role in almost every aspect of American life — so it makes sense that software and web development would be one of the top 3 jobs of 2024.

While a master’s degree is not required to obtain a job in software or web development, the Master of Software Engineering from Brandeis Online will equip you with the practical knowledge needed to excel in this growing field. With a cybersecurity concentration and electives covering a variety of topics, you can tailor your degree to fulfill specific goals and build a specialized skill set. Not only this, but you’ll learn from faculty members who are currently working in the field of software engineering and development — so the knowledge you gain will be highly relevant as you seek positions in today’s job market.

Why choose Brandeis Online?

With part-time, fully asynchronous programs designed for working professionals, Brandeis Online offers the flexibility you need to further your education without putting your career on hold. Whether you are looking to switch industries or simply move to a higher level position, Brandeis Online can provide you with the skills you need to accomplish your goals in 2024.

To learn more about Brandeis Online's master’s certificates and degree programs, please visit our website.