Top Career Options for Graduates of Online Degree Programs
Employers today are becoming increasingly open to candidates who earned their degrees online, especially when awarded from an accredited school. So, if you've gotten your degree online, plenty of job opportunities should be open to you.
Of course, the specific career options depend on your major; more job opportunities may exist in, say, business than in zoology. And some online degrees are more acceptable than others; for instance, business remains a viable online degree option at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
So, which careers are best for those who hold an online degree?
A few of the top careers you can prepare for in an online degree program, as listed by Online Course Report, include PR specialist, HR specialist, and market research analyst. You would likely find coursework pertinent to these careers in an online business degree program.
Online bachelor's degree programs could also prepare graduates for some top-paying jobs in management. Human resource manager, sales manager, advertising manager, marketing manager, and compensation/benefits managers are just a few of the options that you could consider after earning an online 4-year degree in business, business administration, or management.
Online master's degrees have become more acceptable for many employers; thus, an online MBA might prepare you for top executive positions such as CEO or Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Technology and Engineering Careers
Online degree programs in areas of information technology management or engineering are also widely available online, and these programs can prepare students for a plethora of careers, ranging from information security analyst to mechanical engineer. In June 2019, U.S. News and World Report published a list of top paying jobs that could be obtained with a bachelor's degree - the list included aerospace engineer, chemical engineer, and computer hardware engineer. Degrees in all of these areas can be found online.
In the technology sector, you could find online programs to prepare your for a career as a computer support specialist, computer systems administrator, IT manager, information security analyst, and software developer, among others.
Nurses can complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program online that will prepare them to advance their careers to positions like nurse practitioner or nurse educator. Online studies allow them to maintain their current professional schedules while they achieve the degree needed for career advancement.
With schools such as Johns Hopkins University and Duke University offering online options for MSN studies, this has become an acceptable way in which to obtain this graduate degree. Clinical aspects of these programs can typically be completed at sites near a students' home.
According to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2018, those who complete an online bachelor's degree in general studies can be ready to enter the workforce in a variety of careers. This type of program allows students to focus their studies in areas such as business, communications, technology, or social sciences.
Some careers that graduates of this type of online bachelor's degree program may be able to pursue include:
- Brand manager
- Social worker
- General manager
- Software consultant
- Public relations director