5 best and worst master's degrees for jobs right now

Whether to enroll in graduate school is a decision that plagues Americans in all stages of their careers, but particularly those who may have worked for several years already but are considering a jump to the next level. Many jobs now require additional study beyond a bachelor's degree, but warnings about the burden of student debt may deter those considering this option.

To determine the best and worst master's degrees for jobs in 2014, Forbes consulted with compensation data site Payscale.com to obtain mid-career data for 45 popular master's degrees. The mid-career median salary of those holding each degree was then averaged with the Bureau of Labor Statistics' projected employment growth of jobs associated with each degree.

Many of the degrees and associated jobs appearing on each end of this ranking may seem surprising. Political science and international relations, for example, are two of the degrees that make the best list. READ MORE

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