The Best Degrees To Get a Job 2021

This year has been unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, countries all over the world have been forced to shut down businesses, schools, and every social event in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. 

Although many countries now have the virus under a reasonable amount of control, there is no doubt that this pandemic has had a devastating impact on the economy. Furthermore, with COVID-19 still raging in America, and no clear end in sight, it remains to be seen just how much this virus will impact America, and for how long. 

With this in mind, it can often be hard to think about the future, especially when so much of our lives remains uncertain. However, now that the FDA has authorized the use of a COVID-19 vaccine, the future is beginning to look bright. 

If you have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or have lost your job during lockdown, you may have been thinking about retraining to give yourself the best job opportunities in the new year. While some sectors are struggling, there are certainly some fields that are thriving, even in a pandemic. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best degrees to get a job in 2021. 


If you have a knack for computers and want to learn more, a programming degree could be the right one for you. 

Also known as software engineers, a computer programmer’s role is to design and create software programs. Most of this involves writing and testing code and ensuring that everything works properly. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 4 Americans are now working remotely, and there has been an increase in the demand for software to match this change. Not only is there increased demand, but this is a role that can be completed from home, meaning that you can work without fear of catching the virus. Moreover, programming comes with a good salary of around $84,000, which will only increase over time as you become more experienced. 


If you are looking to do a degree that has a positive job outlook but also helps out those who most need it, a nursing degree could be the right path to take. Unsurprisingly, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, there is a huge demand for qualified nurses, and this is unlikely to change even when the pandemic has ended. 

Not only does nursing have a positive job outlook, but there are many other benefits of doing a degree in this subject. Nursing roles have high job flexibility, meaning that you can choose when you want to work (full-time, part-time, night shift) and where you want to work. It also has a high salary of around $70,000 per year. Most importantly, a job in nursing will allow you to make a career out of helping others. 


As long as people have money, there will always be jobs for accountants. An accountant is someone who keeps or inspects financial records for clients. For a role like this, you need to be good at maths, be very detail-orientated, and a good communicator. 

Not only does an accountancy role have good job security (there will always be a need for accountants), but it also comes with a high average salary of around $70,000. Moreover, during these uncertain times, this is a role that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Therefore, if you are good with numbers, an accountancy degree could be the right option for you.


If you have already gotten a bachelor’s degree and don’t feel like retraining, a teaching course could be the perfect thing for you. Although it may take a year for you to qualify, and you will need to pass your state or district’s teacher preparation program, it is possible to do. 

Although teacher wages do vary state by state, the average salary is around $60,000. Moreover, there is usually a high demand for teachers, as, no matter what, children will always need to learn. Moreover, as a result of the pandemic, many schools have switched to online teachers to keep their staff and pupils safe, meaning that you can teach from the safety of your own home. 

Social work

If you want to make a career out of helping people, but don’t want to work in medicine, social work could be the answer. A social worker’s job is usually to help children, adults, and families access programs and services that will improve their lives. 

Social workers work in vulnerable communities, partnering with other agencies to address emergencies. Many work in specialty care areas like helping families navigate the foster care system, terminally ill patients cope with a diagnosis, or veterans access resources.

Social workers are more in demand than ever as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so this could be the perfect career for you if you want to help the most vulnerable people in our society

Once you have your degree

Although a bachelor’s degree is an essential part of many roles, you need to make sure that you do other things to ensure that your job application to any of these sectors stands out from the crowd. These are popular roles and job openings are usually very popular, so make sure that your cv has a professional design


With everything that has happened in 2020, it can be difficult to look ahead to 2021 with a positive attitude. However, if you are looking for a job, these degrees will help ensure that you get a well-paying role once you have completed your course.