19 October 2012
If you’re one of the more than 20 million Americans currently unemployed or underemployed, getting an online degree can greatly improve your employment prospects. Read on to see why getting an online degree is the way to go.
- You may have more opportunities. Some careers, especially those in the medical field, require applicants to have graduated from certified programs. And according to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, employers want even more of their employees to have degrees.
- Potential for a higher salary. A high-school teacher with a bachelor’s degree makes on average $53,230 a year, but a principal or other administrator at the same school with an advanced degree such as the Master of Arts in Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education can make an average of $86,970, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
- You may finish faster than with a traditional degree. A 4-year degree at a brick-and-mortar university will take you about, oh, four years. But an online degree is more flexible and can be completed in as little as 40 months.
- You’ll get a raise (probably). No guarantees on this one, but when it comes time for your annual evaluation, having a new online degree to add to your increased responsibilities will make it easy to prove your increased worth to your boss.
- You can counter holes in your resume. If you’re spending your days climbing the monkey bars with your tykes instead of climbing the corporate ladder, earning an online degree while the kids are young will make it much easier to rejoin the workforce if you want once the kids are off to school. You can take your time earning an online degree in between play dates and soccer matches.
- You can keep your current job. Because you log on to class on your own time, you can work during the day and go to class virtually at night, or vice versa if your schedule dictates.
- You can save money and commuting time. No worrying about burning gas sitting in the long line for the commuter parking lot, or spending tons of money on tuition. A brick-and-mortar college can cost as much as $55,000 a year according to Forbes. An online education will cost a fraction of that.