Best Workspace for Your Online Major

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Best Workspace for Your Online Major

So you can take classes from anywhere. That doesn’t mean that just any old space will put you in the right frame of mind to get the best education possible. Take a tip from us and model your workspace after these examples.

Business

Since you’re probably already thinking about a few startup ideas, you’re going to need to be ready to take this show on the road. A mobile-centric workspace is your best bet.

  • Smartphone
  • Battery backup
  • Laptop
  • Pen and paper
  • Business cards
  • Wall Street Journal (online subscription)
  • Starbucks gift cards

More than 1 in 3 online students are majoring in business. (1)

Best jobs in field (2)

Market research analyst

Median salary: $60,800

Marketing manager

Median salary: $123,220

Accountant

Median salary: $65,080

Social Services and Education

For students whose education and career paths will focus on serving others, now’s the time to think about yourself.

  • Desktop computer
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Binders, shelves and other organizational items
  • Calendar
  • Family picture

22% of online college students are studying social services or education. (1)

Best jobs in field (2)

School psychologist

Median salary: $67,760

Elementary school teacher

Median salary: $53,590

Speech/language pathologist

Median salary: $66,920

STEM

With jobs that are all about precision, STEM fields draw students who are fastidious and exacting. And your workspace should match that.

  • Stark, white desk (need to ensure there’s no clutter)
  • One large computer monitor with high-tech keyboard and mouse
  • Large, well-lit space for creating diagrams and engineering drawings
  • Periodic table of elements
  • Set of world clocks
  • Calculator
  • Smartphone
  • Keurig-like coffee maker

Nearly 1 in 5

Online students in STEM fields (1)

Best jobs in field (2)

Software developer

Median salary: $92,660

Mechanical engineer

Median salary: $82,100

IT manager

Median salary: $123,950

Health Care

With one of the fastest-growing fields, those seeking degrees in health care know the material is dense and it takes a lot of studying to get it right.

  • Small desk with laptop computer
  • Smartphone
  • Comfy chair for digging into medical texts
  • Diagrams of human body
  • Old-style coffee maker
  • Water bottles
  • Pads for scribbling notes

Healthcare draws 14% of online students. (1)

Best jobs in field (2)

Nurse practitioner

Median salary: $89,960

Pharmacist

Median salary: $116,670

Physical therapist

Median salary: $79,860

Humanities & Liberal Arts

With a field that’s likely to involve some creative endeavors, best to surround yourself with inspiration.

  • Reclaimed wood desk
  • Laptop computer with drawing tablet
  • Window overlooking nice view
  • Radio for inspirational music
  • Art posters
  • Bookcase

About 1 in 10 online students are in the humanities or liberal arts. (1)

Best jobs in field (2, 3, 4)

PR specialist

Median salary: $54,940

Graphic designer

Median salary: $116,670

Lobbyist

Median salary: $65,000

Did You Know?

By 2019, half of college classes will be Web-based. (5)

2 million

Undergrads who take classes exclusively online or in distance-learning programs (6)

$56.2 billion

Estimated size of e-learning industry (5)

Online courses can increase information retention rates by up to 60%. (5)

E-learning cuts down instruction time by up to 60%, saving time for students and teachers. (5)

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Sources:
1. http://www.learninghouse.com
2. http://money.usnews.com
3. http://www.bls.gov
4. http://www.payscale.com
5. http://elearningindustry.com
6. http://nces.ed.gov