Small businesses are changing the corporate environment in America and abroad. There are more businesses than ever before, and there are more job opportunities, in general, than ever before. The new work environment has caused small businesses to see a range of degrees on the resumes of potential employees. Some degrees come from outside the business concentration and are seen by small businesses because a person cannot get a job within an impacted industry. Other degrees are seen because of the specific needs of a small business. The following are the top degrees small businesses see on resumes.
Computer Science Degrees
The technology industry has seen the biggest boom in the growth of small businesses. The culture of the industry is dominated by startups, ranging from bootstrapped cash flow businesses to venture-backed companies. Therefore, the rise in the need for and number of engineering and other tech-related jobs has skyrocketed in recent years.
Graduating with a degree in computer science makes a person a viable candidate for jobs that range from software developer to systems analyst to network administrator. The ubiquitous nature of a computing science degree in its ability to make a person ready for almost all entry-level technology jobs makes it very attractive for college students.
For employers, computing science graduates are very important to have on staff, especially in the tech industry. For low-tech companies, it is always handy to have a computer-literate employee, and for high-tech companies, computer science employees are necessities.
The way in which people conduct business has changed and will continue to change dramatically. For small businesses, it is important to have a dynamic business plan in place to deal with the volatility of these changes. Therefore, small businesses are always looking to hire people with economics or other quantitative degrees. Conversely, people with economics degrees are eager to jump into business and see small businesses as opportunities to take on more responsibility than with larger corporations.
This creates a perfect storm where small businesses are actively interviewing people with economics degrees, and people with economics degrees are actively seeking employment with small businesses. In the tech industry especially, people who are interested in economics degrees are highly likely to seek employment with fast and agile startups, due to the sheer number of small businesses in the space. Even small businesses in the tech industry that do not need quantitative employees always receive applications from economics majors.
A physics degree may sound out of the ordinary when applying for a position with a small business, but it is more common than a person might think. Traditionally, physics majors go the academic route, taking more schooling to earn doctorates in their field. However, more and more people with science degrees are choosing to leave the academic track for the business world. This is due in large part to the number of tech-related small businesses cropping up in need of science-related degrees. For example, drone companies love to hire people with physics backgrounds.
However, while more and more science graduates are looking for employment with small businesses, not all businesses are looking for people with physics degrees. In November 2015, Forbes reported in a business poll that only 4% of companies indicated they would hire a person with a physics degree. This means there is a shortage of jobs with small businesses but an influx of people with physics and other science-related degrees. Small businesses may only hire science graduates if it directly increases the value of their product, such as with drones.
Nursing is an impacted concentration, both in school and in the work force. It is difficult to gain admission to a nursing program, and good nursing jobs are hard to find. Therefore, many people with nursing degrees are looking outside the industry for employment, often with small businesses. Nursing graduates are smart, resourceful and can think on their feet, making them good general hires; however, businesses should not hire a person with a nursing degree for a specialized job that is not nursing. For the nursing graduate, fortunes might change. With the growing population of Baby Boomers aging into retirement, there will be more nursing jobs available in the future.