With online education, you can work on your degree on your schedule.
Is the thought of four years of college holding you back from pursuing a degree that could help in your pursuit of a satisfying and stable career?
Have you considered earning an online associate's degree which could take as little as two years instead?
Online degrees are a great option for busy individuals who need a flexible learning situation, says Velvet Miscione, a counselor at Coastline Community College in California. "It takes the classroom to the student," adds Miscione.
Think online education might be for you? Check out these five online associate's degree options.
Degree #1 - Associate's in Paralegal Studies
If you've always wanted to earn a legal degree but find the idea of spending years in classroom legal debates equivalent to a prison sentence, you might be better suited for an online associate's degree in paralegal studies.
In this online program, you'll likely study how to do much of the same work a lawyer does, from preparing legal arguments to drafting legal documents. It's a convenient option that could help prepare you to enter the paralegal job market.
Paralegals seem a satisfied group, too, at least according to a 2011 CNN Money Best Jobs in America report. Using research from Money Magazine and Salary.com, the report ranked paralegals as the 14th best job based on the criteria of total compensation, expected job growth, and personal fulfillment and challenge.
Degree #2 - Associate's in Information Technology (IT)
Talk about a degree just begging to be completed online. Using the very technology that you'll be studying, you could complete this online IT associate's degree in as little as two years.
"IT is a great associate's degree now because there's such a demand for it," says Miscione. "The number of IT jobs has increased in the last five to 10 years, whereas a lot of other fields have declined."
This program could also keep you up-to-date with the ever-changing technologies, with courses often focusing on how information and computing systems support business, research, and communications needs.
Degree #3 - Associate's in Accounting
Are you itching to crunch some numbers but not crazy about four plus years commuting back and forth to school? An online associate's degree in accounting could be a good option for you. This flexible online degree option could be completed from the comfort of your own home, and in as little as two years.
You're likely to study such things as accounting and bookkeeping, mostly, to prepare you to keep business's financial records in order.
And you may have your choice of industries for job opportunities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which reports that accountants "work in nearly all industries and at all levels of government."
Degree #4 -Associate's in Health Care Administration
If you're interested in pursuing a career in health care, an online associate's degree in health care administration could be right for you. A potentially good option for busy professionals, this flexible online degree could be completed in as little as two years, and covers courses like anatomy, diagnostic procedures, and recordkeeping.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry." The report goes on to say that most of those workers have jobs that require less than four years of college.
Degree #5 - Associate's in Business Administration
Are you looking for a flexible way to expand your business skills? Whether you want to advance in your current position, or pursue a new career in the dynamic business sector, an online associate's in business administration can help you reach your professional goals.
This degree is valuable because it is so versatile and convenient, says Miscione. Without having to quit your current job, you're likely to get a broad education that touches on such things as budgets, communication skills, and leadership. It's a degree that can apply to most any company or industry.
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