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8 high-paying, nontraditional degrees

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Decision sciences
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Decision sciences graduates "essentially use analytical techniques, concepts, methodologies and tools to solve problems that are generated in the realm of business," says Jerry Dake, executive director of the Center for Decision and Information Technologies at the University of North Texas, one of the few schools in the country that offers a bachelor's degree program in decision sciences. "Sometimes we solve transportation distribution logistics problems. We solve information technology problems. ... We might work on market research problems, financial analysis problems (or) distribution problems."

Decision sciences majors are also paid handsomely for their problem-solving skills. According to Dake, his brand-new graduates land entry-level salaries ranging between $52,000 and $65,000 per year.

But you'll have to work hard to get there. Decision sciences degrees incorporate a mix of data analysis, project management, analytics, logistics management and business systems course work. And some schools only offer them at the graduate level. Once your education is done, decision sciences majors are prepared to work in commercial and consulting firms as analysts or data scientists in nearly any department, ranging from labor relations to market research.

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