When thinking about college degrees, many focus solely on bachelors degrees, which are by far the most common. But then there is a whole other level of educational attainment. A bachelor’s degree qualifies you to continue onto a master’s degree or a professional degree, the kind of degree that might lead to a career as a doctor, lawyer, or any number of highly respected careers.

But which professional degrees are best? We looked into the numbers and found that some loom over others in terms of popularity and growth. This snazzy infographic represents our findings of which professional degrees are most promising:

Professional-Degrees-Infographic

Infographic Summary

Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degrees are growing steadily in popularity.

Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.) degrees are diminishing in popularity.

 

Which professional degrees are most popular by total number of professional degree graduates that graduate in each degree?

Law (LL.B. or J.D.) 48%

Medicine (M.D.) 17%

Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) 12%

Theology (M. Div., M.H.L., B.D.) 6%

Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.) 5%

Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 4%

Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) 3%

Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.) 3%

Optometry (O.D.) 1%

 

Which professional degrees have the best forecasted job growth between 2010 and 2020?

Law 10%

Dentistry 21%

Osteopathic Medicine 24%

Medicine 24%

Pharmacy 25%

Chiropractor 28%

Optometrist 33%

Veterinarian 36%

 

Sources: 

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_291.asp

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

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