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If you’re thinking about declaring your major and wondering which industries are forecasted to have the most growth and job opportunities for the next few years, then check out MSN’s predictions for the 5 most marketable degrees.

Nursing

With an average starting salary over $52,000, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, nurses can look forward to an increase of approximately 470,000 jobs between now and 2016.

Computer/Information Science

With starting annual salaries hovering around the $60,000 mark, computer science grads claimed the No. 1 fastest-growing occupation in the country — network systems and data communication analysts — with the field expected to add over 160,000 jobs between now and 2016.

Engineering

While the financial and housing sectors crumble, those entering the engineering market are still finding decent jobs and decent pay, especially in the areas of computer and project engineering.

Economics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations require economics or business-related degrees to break in, and the average starting salary is $53,000.

Education

The National Educational Association estimates that in the next decade, more than 2 million new teachers will be needed to replace retirees and tend to increasing student populations. The field is especially ripe for bilingual, special education, math and science educators.

And the least marketable degrees (at least for the next few years) according to MSN are Print Journalism, Advertising, Architecture, Real Estate, and Film Studies.  Of course, just because these are less marketable doesn’t mean these fields are non-existent.  I’m taking my own advice here (as a filmmaker and writer) to follow your heart but know that the job market in these fields will probably be a little leaner and tougher in the near future.

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