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Seven UMGC Programs to Help Prepare for Indeed’s Best Jobs of 2023

Theresa Schempp
By Theresa Schempp

Each year,®* compiles a list of the projected top jobs for the upcoming year based on factors including salary, job growth, job openings, and flexibility1. As a university made for working adults and military servicemembers, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is dedicated to helping you succeed both in the classroom and in your chosen career path with an online degree or certificate. With more than 135 programs to choose from, here are several relevant examples of UMGC programs that could help prepare you for some of Indeed’s projected high demand jobs of 2023:

1.    Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Security

Could help prepare you for a career as a back-end developer.  

In the field of information technology and computer science, writing code is a skill that many employers look for. UMGC’s bachelor’s program in software development and security is designed to teach you programming languages and best practices in software development that are in demand today in the workplace. In this program, you can learn how to build applications in Python, analyze code to secure software, and research current trends in computer science and how to utilize them.

2.    Bachelor of Science in Data Science

Could help prepare you for a career as a data engineer. 

In this program, you can gain hands-on experience with frequently used analytical tools and methods to meet the need for data scientists.Courses in this bachelor’s degree cover how to manage and manipulate data, build predictive models using different machine learning techniques, and apply artificial intelligence (AI) to gain insight and make data-driven decisions. UMGC’s data science degree program can also help prepare you for a variety of industry certification exams. You can learn more about data science and how to kickstart a career in the field in an article by UMGC’s program director for data analytics.

3.    Master of Science in Cloud Computing Systems

Could help prepare you for a career as a cloud engineer. 

UMGC’s online master’s degree program in cloud computing systems is designed to give you the technical and management skills you need to design, operate, and maintain cloud computing systems and help organizations transition to cloud-based solutions. You’ll learn how to operate and distinguish between cloud development environments, succeed in a manager position, design your own cloud infrastructure, and how to apply it to a variety of businesses.

4.    Undergraduate Certificate in Machine Learning

Could help prepare you for a career as a machine learning engineer. 

This online certificate program in machine learning combines the study of methods and software tools to develop predictive models and AI solutions. Machine learning applies to a wide range of industries including government, marketing, and healthcare. This program gives you the opportunity to study natural language processing, computer vision, and speech recognition. You can also learn more about machine learning and data science in an article by UMGC’s senior director of academic projects for the School of Cybersecurity and Technology.  

5.    Master of Science in Data Analytics

Could help prepare you for a career as a director of data science.  

UMGC’s master’s degree program in data analytics can help graduates gain hands-on experience with cutting edge technology and learn how to make strategic data-driven recommendations to influence business outcomes. In the program, you’ll cover best practices for long-term success of an analytics project in terms of project management and communications, learn how to present data for effective data-driven decision making, and build a machine learning model for the finance, cybersecurity, or retail industries. 

6.    Bachelor of Science In Cybersecurity Technology or Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology

Could help prepare you for a career as a pen tester.

A penetration tester, or pen tester, is a trained professional who, with the permission of the system owner or company, attempts to circumvent the security features to evaluate the security of a system and provide solutions. With a bachelor’s or master’s degree in cybersecurity technology from UMGC, you’ll learn how to perform intelligence gathering, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis, and reporting. The programs also cover topics including ethical hacking, cyber exploitation, and mitigation methodologies. The cybersecurity technology bachelor’s program is designed to help prepare you for the CompTIA PenTest+, a valuable industry certification. To learn more about what you can do with a master’s in cybersecurity technology, check out UMGC’s blog article.  

No matter what career you choose, UMGC offers lifetime career services to its current students and alumni to help them prepare for every step in their path to success. Whether you are a career transitioner, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, UMGC can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career. You can take advantage of mentoring programs, job fairs, and career planning tips from advisors. In addition, you can learn how to make your resume and cover letter stand out, gain tips on interviewing, and find out about federal job hunting and the application process.    

1 Gafner, Jocelyne. “Best Jobs of 2023.” Indeed, January 24, 2023.

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