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Discover 11 Hot College Majors That Lead to Jobs

Looking for an academic direction with terrific growth potential? Some traditional fields are newly hot at the bachelor's level; in other cases, enterprising colleges are creating new majors in emerging fields. Here are some hot majors you might want to consider.

  1. Biomedical engineering
  2. Biometrics
  3. Forensic science
  4. Computer game design
  5. Cybersecurity
  6. Data science
  7. Business analytics - While closely related to data science, business analytics is primarily a business major, says Kenneth Gilbert, head of the department of statistics, operations, and management science at the University of Tennessee, which launched a degree program in 2010. Courses include computer software, math, statistics, and communication skills.

Rutgers Business School introduced a business analytics and information technology major for undergrads in 2011. The University of Iowa offers a BBA in business analytics and information systems, while Old Dominion University features a major in business administration/business analytics.

  1. Petroleum engineering
  2. Public health
  3. Robotics
  4. Sustainability

Excerpted from the U.S. News "Best Colleges 2014" guidebook, which features in-depth articles, rankings, and data.

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