Online Education - College Degree Programs

Getting a decent education is more important now than it's ever been. With an increasingly competitive global marketplace, not having a college degree is a serious handicap for a job seeker. But in a shaky economic climate, tuition, housing and all the other costs of attending a brick-and-mortar college are a daunting proposition.

Increasingly, more and more people are opting for distance learning and online education; that way they can learn at their own pace, fit their education around their own lives and spread the cost out over a longer period.

Are Online Degrees Legitimate?

There was a time when "correspondence schools" were advertised in the backs of magazines hawking skills like taxidermy, upholstery or TV repair. The courses were dubious, and their worth was even vaguer. Those days are pretty much over with; now there are all sorts of accredited programs out there for those interested in an online education.

If you're considering an online college degree, you can go for a certificate, an associate's degree, a bachelor's or even a master's or doctoral degree, in fields that all have a real-world demand.

In 2002, an all-time high of 16.6 million people were seeking an online college degree. Of those, almost 40% were students over the age of 25. Those pursuing an online education are much more likely to have children and full-time jobs, especially those over the age of 30.

Most public institutions now offer the option of an online college education, and an overwhelming number of employers and CEO's are willing to hire applicants with online college degrees. A full range of financial aid programs are available for online education, and many employers will offer partial or full tuition reimbursement for employees wanting to update their skills or pick up new job-related knowledge.

Here's just a sampling of the types of online degrees you can go after, through various programs:

  • Information technology
  • Leadership of educational organizations
  • Technical management
  • Business administration
  • Computer information systems
  • Criminal justice
  • Interactive design

All of these are cutting-edge skills for today's job market. An online college degree program can offer an adult student all sorts of flexibility and options that can be fit around a busy life. It's worth looking into!