Often I get in debates with people over the value of online learning technology, and someone inevitably brings up whether or not employers value online graduates. The fact that I’m hearing those arguments less and less indicates that online education is being recognized for the revolutionary tool it is, and that you can gain a valuable degree, and big paycheck, with online degrees and certifications. Just check out the earnings potential of these careers that you can move into with a degree from an online school like Strayer.
Medical and Health Services Managers
Managers in health organizations help coordinate care of patients and operations of public and private systems that deliver services to the public. Whether they manage a single department or an entire care organization, health services managers may be lookingover everyone from technicians to a clinical facility or even a group of physicians.
Salary: $84,270 *
Education required: Bachelor’s degree or higher. A lot of health services managers have master’s degrees in public administration, public health or even an MBA. Knowledge of the healthcare sector, combined with education in management and health-related degrees, can lead them to high management positions and executive spots, which pay even more.
Businesses need financial analysts to provide sound guidance for making investment decisions. They perform market research and analysis to recommend high-performance stocks, bonds and other investment opportunities. They also often work for individuals as well as companies.
Education required: A lot of analysts have bachelor’s degrees in some type of finance field, including accounting, economics or finance. Some high-paying positions even look for analysts with a master’s in business administration or finance.
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Our rapidly growing tech sector needs skilled managers with knowledge of information systems, technology and the IT industry. An IS manager plans and directs software design projects, IT department operations and technology investments for various organizations. These professionals are finding work in every corner of the economy as technology becomes a critical part of how everything operates.
An IT project manager or administrator will typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or another technology-related degree. Courses in computer programming, math and engineering subjects are common in these programs. Larger organizations may even require a master’s in information systems or a related field, or possibly an MBA to move into managing their IT services.
Accountants and Auditors
Demand for skilled accountants and auditing professionals is always fairly high because every business needs the financial services they provide in order to comply with government regulations, pay taxes and release public financial statements. They help assess the financial health of companies and keep their operations running smoothly, from payroll to periodic financial audits.
Education required: A bachelor’s in accounting will help you land an entry-level position in either accounting or auditing, though some firms will expect you to move on to get a master’s in accounting or business administration for some positions. Many accountants and auditors must also become Certified Public Accountants to handle certain types of work.
With the right experience, you can move into a project management role and even executive positions in marketing, either for a particular company or a marketing agency that services many clients. As a manager, you’ll design and implement advertising campaigns, analyze their performance and manage other marketing professionals.
Education required: Most marketing firms and companies will require that managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in marketing or an equivalent of impressive experience. Your future employer may be looking for someone with a journalism or communications degree. Your classes might include consumer behavior, market research, photography and even arts courses. An increasingly valuable skill in marketing is the ability to understand, manipulate and draw insight from data on customer behavior, business performance and other metrics.
It also helps to have a portfolio of work you’ve done, including presentations, brochures and other marketing materials you may have designed. After a few years experience, you can move up into a project management role, handling larger parts of campaigns and coordinating with other marketers.
*All of these are median salaries.
Despite the debates she has with skeptics, Jennifer Cook has been happily digging into the facts and figures behind online education and career development. You can read more of her insights here on Strayer Buzz and other publications.