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Does a master's degree open up more job opportunities?

Majoring in Environmental Studies, will some sort of master's degree be worth it to have more job opportunities? #environmentalstudies #job #masters

Hi, Miwa! It can entirely depend on what you want to do, and if you want to put in the resources to pursue an additional degree. I am an Environmental Sciences Major, and I will be pursuing a masters degree - but my end goals are in education, research and habitat restoration/fieldwork. For anyone who wants to work in education, especially at a university level, masters and up are required. Having an additional degree will not guarantee you jobs upon graduation, having a bachelors won't even do that. Certifications might, but even that can be a stretch. I would talk more with your academic advisor or do research on what you can do with our major and what the requirements are for those positions. Ashley H.

I agree with Ashley H., and her advice is applicable to graduate degrees in general - you should do the research to see if you need it to pursue your interests. Jayavignesh Arivalagan

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Irina’s Answer

Hi Miwa, great question. I do believe it opens up more opportunities. Not only in the realm of you adding it to your resume, but also because you will spend another year or two engaging with a different community. You meet so many more people and make so many connections during your studies that really elevate your ability to network and find the perfect career fit.

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Jennifer’s Answer

In general, I believe a Master's degree helps open more doors, for sure. Pursuing an advanced degree shows you are committed to learning, and allows you to branch out into a related area, hone in on a more specialized aspect of your undergrad education, or change careers entirely.

For your particular area of study, I would look at job postings that interest you and see if they ask for an advanced degree as a preference or a requirement. Applicable certifications might be another path to pursue rather than a full degree, and help you specialize if that's the path you want to take.