4 Top Emerging Fields for Post-Graduate Studies
A master’s in biostatistics will earn you a median salary of about $113,400, according to Fortune, with at least a 20 percent projected job growth by 2022.
If those statistics aren’t enough to motivate you, how about this: biostatisticians help save the world. Your ability to make lasting, positive changes in public health, clinical medicine, genomics, health economics—and the raw field of mathematics is essentially limitless. So: if you have the science and math savvy, want to save the world, and live a pretty comfortable life on top of that, consider biostatistics.
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2. Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the study of how people interface with computers. From algorithm science to information science, psychology to anthropology, you could work on anything from projects related to design guidelines for all types of software to academic research to figuring out the best interface for human-robot interaction. With humans interacting with mobile and touch devices, you can also delve into the intricacies of human-computer interface.
3. Homeland Security and Cyber Criminality
If current world events don’t have your head spinning, imagine how experts in homeland security and cyber criminality feel. Cybercrime is relatively new specialty—and one that will continue to see nearly exponential growth in the coming years. Cybercrimes involve computers, networks, and the intent to harm individuals, systems, national security, and financial markets. These crimes cover the spectrum of identity theft to election hacking. Sounds relevant, doesn’t it?
If you opt to study Homeland Security, you can bet that cyber warfare will be an intrinsic part of your training. The graduate program in Homeland Security at San Diego State University, for example, focuses on prevention, deterrence, and response to instances of terror and espionage on national and international levels. A cornerstone of their program? Cyber security.