40 Online Degrees Most Likely to Get You a Job

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Opportunities in online education are rapidly increasing. Preparing for a career through distance education is becoming easier as well as more time and cost effective. A seemingly overwhelming number of possible degree and career paths available, along with economic uncertainties, can make choosing what to study difficult. An indispensable question when choosing what to study is: “What online degree or certificate is most likely to help me get a job after I’m finished?” The following list provides some guidance for those trying to figure out what to study online and what career path to follow. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and college websites, this article provides a list of career fields predicted to grow at a faster-than-average rate over the next decade for which education can be pursued through online degree and certificate programs. With growth comes greater demand and more jobs. This means better chances of landing a job.

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Home Healthcare Aide

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As the population both grows and ages demand for healthcare will increase. Cost and quality of life have combined to influence individuals needing care as well as their families and health care providers to move more and more to in home healthcare. Home healthcare aides are the main providers for the day to day health needs of individuals needing in home care.

Jobs in home healthcare assistance are expected to increase 38% percent by 2024. This translates into 348,400 additional home health care aide jobs in the next ten years, making it one of the fastest growing occupations with a high likelihood of getting a job upon the completion of one’s education. Average salary of home health care aides is not as high as many other careers ($21,920), however.

  • Average median income 2015-$21,920
  • Expected growth over next ten years-38%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-348,400

Home healthcare aides perform a wide variety of tasks related to caring for the needs of people with disabilities, physical and mental illness and/or impairment as well as the elderly.

Basic Responsibilities of Home Healthcare Aides:

  • Maintain patient records and monitor changes in patient health;
  • Assist patients in daily needs such as meals, medicines, hygiene, transportation;
  • See to physician directed exercise;
  • Basic household needs and errands;
  • Companionship and entertainment.

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Most often only a high school diploma is required. However, certification, especially in state certified homes, is often needed. There are several online avenues of gaining a certificate or diploma in home health care aid.

Online Education Opportunities:

Norquest College: Certificate

Ashworth College: Diploma

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Statistician

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A fast-growing and well-paying career is that of a statistician. With only 30,000 jobs nation wide, there are fewer statisticians than many other careers. However, the field is predicted to grow 34% by 2024. And, with an annual median salary of 80 thousand dollars, becoming a statistician would provide excellent financial security.

  • Average median income 2015-$80,110
  • Expected growth over next ten years-34%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-10,100

Statisticians work in many fields. These include engineering, the sciences, military, health care and others. They seek to apply statistics to analyze and solve problems in their various fields. Most work is carried out in an office setting, but it is also common for statisticians to be called to onsite work.

Basic Responsibilities of Statisticians:

  • Statisticians analyze data in order to discern trends in a given field or differences between fields;
  • Statisticians present their discoveries in many ways: charts, graphs, tables;
  • Statisticians compose reports on their research and findings often in peer reviewed journals;
  • Through research and analysis statisticians discover problems in a given system and seek solutions to improve performance and efficiency;
  • Statisticians devise methods for data collection and analysis as well as supervise teams of data collectors.

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Becoming a statistician is not necessarily easy. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics is a prerequisite. This is followed with at least a master’s degree in statistics or a closely related field. Because of the high educational demands and heavy emphasis upon mathematics, there are not many statisticians. However, the field is experiencing rapid growth and increasing demand for qualified applicants.

Online Education Opportunities:

Penn State: Master’s Degree

Texas A & M University: Master’s Degree

Colorado State University: Master’s Degree

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Personal Finance Advisor

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A career in personal financial advising presents very good prospects for getting a job. The field of personal financial advising is expected to grow 30% over the next 10 years. This amounts to the creation of approximately 73 thousand news jobs by 2024. An annual median income of 89 thousand dollars makes personal finance advising an extremely lucrative occupation as well. Personal finance advisors deal with a wide range of clients, advising on many matters including investments, insurance, mortgages, savings, taxes, estate planning and retirement.

  • Average median income 2015-$89,160
  • Expected growth over next ten years-30%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-73,000

Basic Responsibilities of Personal Finance Advisors:

  • Answering clients’ questions about financial plans and strategies;
  • Recommending to clients strategies in cash management, insurance coverage, investment planning, and/or other areas in finance;
  • Implementing financial planning recommendations;
  • Managing client portfolios;
  • Recommending stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or insurance.

For more information on this career see link.

Normally, a bachelor’s degree is needed to work as a financial management advisor. Certification and/or a Master’s degree may also be required by some employers.

Online Education Opportunities:

Florida State University: Certificate

Northwestern University: Certificate Program

Franklin University: Bachelor’s Degree

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Operations Research Analyst

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Predicted to grow at an explosive rate of 30% in the next ten years, a career in operations research analysis would provide both a very high wage and job security.

  • Average median income 2015-$78,630
  • Expected growth over next ten years-30%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-27,600

An operations research analyst uses math and logic to help organizations identify, analyze and solve problems. Expect to work in an office in this career. Although onsite inspections are not uncommon.

Basic Responsibilities of an Operations Research Analyst:

  • Formulate mathematical models of problems and collaborate with colleagues to clarify problem solving and management strategy;
  • Prepare management reports for the implementation of strategy;
  • Test models and strategy for validity and effectiveness;
  • Make judgments, applying statistical data and models.

For more information on this career see link.

A career in operations research analysis requires a good deal of mathematical education. Employers normally require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Sometime a bachelor’s degree will suffice. Undergraduate degrees will normally be in mathematics, engineering, management science or some related field.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of Southern California: Master’s Degree

Kansan State University: Master’s Degree

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Interpreting and Translating

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Society is becoming more diverse, and this is represented by the many languages spoken. With multiple languages being used in basic communication, translators are needed. Also, people with hearing disabilities need interpreters. These social needs translate into a very fast growing area of employment. Growing at a rate of 29%, over 17 thousand new translators and interpreters will be employed by 2024. The annual median pay in these fields is $44,000.

  • Average median income 2015-$44,100
  • Expected growth over next ten years-29%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-17,500

Interpreters and translators mediate between different languages, converting one language into another. Interpreters work with signs and/or spoken communication, and translators work mainly with written languages.

Basic Responsibilities of Translators and Interpreters:

  • Maintain confidentiality and ethical communication practices;
  • Translate from one language into another either simultaneously or in sequence;
  • Gain proficiency as needed in technical language and terminology;
  • Familiarize oneself with required documentations, laws, etc.;
  • Use language resources such lexicons and glossaries as well as engage in research regarding language and translation;
  • Train and supervise translators and interpreters;
  • Use software in translating and interpreting.

For more information on this career see link.

It is common for a bachelor’s degree to be required. However, the most basic and important qualification for both an interpreter and translator is high proficiency in the languages needed. Translators and interpreters work in a wide variety of settings. These include but aren’t limited to court rooms, conference centers, translation agencies and various private organizations. Translation and interpretation are highly language specific, so there is no single degree that is offered. One must first choose a language and then seek education. There are several existing online translation and interpretation programs.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of Illinois: Master’s Degree

Gallaudet University: American Sign Language

University of Massachusetts: Certificate

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Cartography

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This field is growing at a surprising rate, and expected to see a 29% increase in the next ten years. Although a fairly small field, cartography is growing rapidly in proportion to its number of jobs. Over the next ten years 3,600 new jobs will be created. Salary for cartographers is very high with a median annual pay of over 60 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$61,880
  • Expected growth over next ten years-29%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-3,600

Cartographers gather, collate and analyze geographical information in order to update and produce new maps for a variety of purposes. These include government, military, business and educational needs. Such needs can include planning boundaries, identification of important natural resource areas, education, emergency response.

Basic Responsibilities of Cartographers:

  • Analyze maps for scale, color, contrasts according to the purposes of the map as well as oversee map production;
  • Edit and adjust existing maps ensuring greater accuracy and applicability;
  • Gather data for creating and updating maps;
  • Employ computer software for map creating;
  • Identify topographical and geological characteristics of aerial photos for the purposes of map making;
  • Study legal and historical documents pertaining to geographical boundaries;
  • Travel in and over mapped areas to verify information.

For more information on this career see link.

Cartographers spend the majority of their time working in an office. However, onsite assignments are common as well. A bachelor’s degree in cartography or a related field is required. There are not many online undergraduate avenues currently open. However, master’s degrees in the field can be earned online.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of Florida, School of Forest Resources & Conservation: Master’s Degree

Penn State: Master’s Degree

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Genetic and Genomic Counseling

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Genetic and genomic counseling is a fairly small field of employment with 2,400 total jobs in 2014. However, it is growing very fast (29% rate of growth), and 700 new jobs are predicted by 2024. The annual average salary of 72 thousand dollars combined with rapid growth combine to make genetic counseling both lucrative and accessible.

  • Average median income 2015-$72,090
  • Expected growth over next ten years-29%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-700

Genetic and genomic counselors assess individual and/or families for risks stemming from inherited conditions and likely expressions. They provide information and advice to individuals, families and healthcare professionals and providers.

Basic Responsibilities of Genetic and Genomic Counselors:

  • Interpret laboratory results and relay them to clients;
  • Discuss various test options for clients;
  • Analyze and specify genetic and/or genomic patterns in families and/or individuals;
  • Provide genetic counseling;
  • Engage literature in the field and prepare educational materials;
  • Refer patients to specialists.

For more information on this career see link.

Genetic and genomic counselers work most often in hospitals or physician’s office settings. Most are full-time employed. A bachelor’s degree in the sciences is required, often in biology. A master’s degree is also required. This amount of specialized formal education makes entrance into the field of genetic and/or genomic counseling difficult. However, the pay is very good. Currently there is very little available online education in genetic and/or genomic counseling. However, there is a post-graduate online program that is available.

Online Education Opportunities:

Johns Hopkins University: Post-Master’s Certificate

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Audiology

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With a large portion of society being elderly and requiring medical assistance with various hearing needs, demand for audiologists is rapidly increasing. The rate of growth for the field of audiology is predicted to grow 29% over by 2024. This amounts to almost 4,000 new jobs. Audiologists earn a very good salary on average: close to 75 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$74,890
  • Expected growth over next ten years-29%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-3,800

Audiologists test, diagnose and treat patients for hearing loss and disorders, balance difficulties and other ear problems.

Basic Responsibilities of Audiologists:

  • Administer hearing tests in order to determine the presence of disorder related to hearing or ear function;
  • Fit and repair hearing devices;
  • Monitor cochlear implants;
  • Educate patients about hearing loss and ear care;
  • Stay current with technological advances;
  • Educate patients, work forces and communities about hearing care and noise management.

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Audiologists work in healthcare facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and hearing clinics. They also work in schools and other educational institutions. In order to be a practicing audiologist one must possess a doctorate in audiology. This requires bachelor’s degrees to have been previously earned. Formal training in audiology begins at the graduate level. There are several online doctoral programs in audiology.

Online Education Opportunities:

A.T. Still University: Doctoral Degree

University of Florida: Doctoral Degree

University of Northern Colorado: Doctoral Degree

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Occupational Therapy

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At a predicted 27% growth rate over the next decade, occupational therapy is a career choice that is sure to keep one busy and employed. By 2024 there will be an additional 30 thousand new occupational therapists to meet the needs of rapidly growing demand. The median annual salary of occupational therapists is very high at just over 80 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$80,150
  • Expected growth over next ten years-27%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-30,400

Occupational therapists assist patients suffering from the effects of injury and/or disabilities. The main goal of occupational therapists is for their patients to regain health through rehabilitation from injury and disability. The purpose of occupational therapy is to assist people in attaining a high quality of life after injury and/or disability, teaching new skills and recovering lost skills.

Basic Responsibilities of Occupational Therapists:

  • Overseeing the rehabilitation and therapy of patients, assessing likely degree of recovery, devising programs, assessing progress and training caregivers;
  • Develop and oversee therapy and rehabilitation programs for the institutions of their employment;
  • Employ various means of therapy such as training hand-eye coordination through the use of everyday tools and instruments;
  • Develop programs to assist patients to re-enter the work force with existing disabilities’
  • Conduct research;
  • Train medical staff about therapeutic techniques and practices.

For more information on this career see link.

Occupational therapists often work in hospital settings. They also work in schools, nursing homes and engage in in-home care. Occupational therapy is a strenuous job, requiring the therapist to be on his or her feet the majority of the day. Occupational therapists normally possess a master’s degree. Every state also requires licensing.

Online Education Opportunities:

A.T. Still University: Master’s Degree

University of St. Augustine: Master’s Degree

Creighton University: Master’s Degree

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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As technology has advanced, demand for skilled medical sonographers has boomed. Growing at a much higher than average 24%, almost 27 thousand new jobs are expected to be created in diagnostic medical sonography over the next decade. Not only is there growing demand, medical sonography is quite lucrative with annual average salary of over $60,000.

  • Average median income 2015-$63,630
  • Expected growth over next ten years-24%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-27,600

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special electronic imaging equipment both to carry out tests and create images. These tests and images are then used by medical professionals, such as doctors and surgeons, to diagnose and carry out treatment. Diagnostic medical sonographers also are very important in prenatal care, capturing images of the developing child in utero.

Basic Responsibilities of Medical Diagnostic Sonographers:

  • Monitor images produced on the screen in order to maintain diagnostic quality;
  • Ensure comfort and safety of patients;
  • Select and use proper diagnostic and ultrasound equipment;
  • Prepare exam area as well as patients for exam;
  • Prepare and preserve patient records;
  • Make sound judgments about suitable images as well as scope and extent of area that needs to be examined;
  • Apply basic health measures such as administering oxygen and performing CPR.

For more information on this career see link.

Diagnostic medical sonographers require formal education. Most often this is satisfied through either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. They are employed almost exclusively in the medical field in hospitals, medical labs, or physicians’ offices.

Online Education Opportunities:

ECPI University: Associate’s Degree

Bellevue College: Associate’s Degree

Baker College: Associate’s Degree

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Biomedical Engineering

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Great advances in biology and medicine have increased both the possibilities as well as the need for medical technology and instruments. Biomedical engineering is a fast growing field that fits into this trend of medical and biological technology. Pay for biomedical engineers is very high at over 80 thousand dollars per year. Moreover, the field is expected to expand at a rate of 23% over the next decade, resulting in the creation of over 5,000 new jobs.

  • Average median income 2015-$86,220
  • Expected growth over next ten years-23%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-5,100

Biomedical engineers bridge the gap between engineering and the biological and medical sciences. They apply engineering principles to biological systems and medical technology and implements. The purpose of biomedical engineering is the development of equipment, systems and software for medical use.

Basic Responsibilities of Biomedical Engineers:

  • Carry out research with a wide variety of colleagues, including chemists, biologists, engineers and medical professionals;
  • Integrate behavioral science and engineering to developing diagnostic equipment;
  • Research materials for use in medical contexts;
  • Teach biomedical engineering;
  • Adapt and design software for biomedical purposes and interpret biomedical data;
  • Compose protocol and legal documentation.

For more information on this career see link.

Biomedical engineering requires a great deal of formal education in a very specialized area. This likely helps to account for the fact that it is a small field (2015: 22,100 jobs in America). Normally, a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering is required. Some opt to earn a bachelor’s degree in a different field and then specialize in biomedical engineering later. Currently, there are few online opportunities at the undergraduate level in biomedical engineering. However, there are master’s level programs that can be pursued online. Biomedical engineers work in a variety of institutions including universities, hospitals, research facilities and government agencies.

Online Education Opportunities:

Johns Hopkins University: Master’s Degree

Colorado State University: Master’s Degree

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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counseling

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Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling is a fast growing field that is expected to gain over 20,000 jobs in the next ten years. Counselors’ median pay in 2015 was a very respectable $39,980. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling fulfills an important societal role in helping bring people out of addictive and other destructive behavior patterns and empowering them to be productive and healthy members of their communities.

  • Average median income 2015-$39,980
  • Expected growth over next ten years-22%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-21,200

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors treat a wide range of behaviors, including alcoholism, drug addictions, eating disorders and other behavior problems. Counselors provide advice and treatments that aim to empower and realize recovery from addiction. Work settings vary widely. Some counselors work in private agencies and private practice. Others work in prisons and community mental health centers.

Basic Responsibilities of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors:

  • Maintain client records and seek to ensure that these are accurate;
  • Offer counseling on one to one or group bases;
  • Develop and modify client treatment plans and according to client needs and progress;
  • Coordinate with court and other legal representatives;
  • Collect samples for analysis such as urine samples;
  • Counsel family members of those undergoing substance abuse and/or behavioral disorder counseling.

For more information on this career see link.

Most jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Sometimes a master’s degree is also needed. Less often only a high-school diploma is required. The field of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling is a expected to expand over the next ten years at 22%, a much faster than average rate.

Online Education Opportunities:

Indiana Wesleyan University: BS

Liberty University: BS

University of Massachusetts: BA, MS

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Speech-Language Pathology

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Speech-language pathology, also called speech therapy, is a career field that’s predicted to grow at a rate of 21% over the next decade, and is expected to add almost 30,000 new jobs in the same amount of time. Its 2015 median salary of $73,410 makes speech-language pathology a fast growing and very lucrative career choice.

  • Average median income 2015-$73,410
  • Expected growth over next ten years-21%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-28,900

Speech pathologists work mainly in schools and health care institutions, assessing, diagnosing and treating speech disorders in their patients. Stemming from a variety of causes, such as injury, stroke, hearing loss, developmental factors, and physiological conditions, speech disabilities arise. Speech pathologists must have an adequate knowledge of a wide range of symptoms and conditions in order to best equip their patients for effective communication.

Basic Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists-Therapists:

  • Assess and monitor patient condition and progress;
  • Develop and apply programs that will assist their patients in overcoming disabilities such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems;
  • Complete patient reports and fill out billing forms;
  • Teach control of those muscles and systems that relate to speech, such as tongue, jaw, face muscles and breathing;
  • Use technology to both assess and treat speech disorders;
  • Help those with communication difficulties stemming from differences in dialect.

For more information on this career see link.

Speech pathology is a career that requires several steps. In order to practice speech pathology, one must have earned a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree. Because speech pathology requires more than a bachelor’s it is a bit more difficult to gain the necessary credentials. However, if one has the will to gain the needed education, there are several good online master’s degree programs in speech pathology.

Online Education Opportunities:

Northwestern University: Post-Bachelor Program

Idaho State University: Master’s Degree

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Computer System Analyst

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Business, government and personal interests are increasingly becoming integrated into and dependent upon efficient systematic organization of computer systems. This has opened up a large space in the employment sector for computer system analysts. A median salary of 85 thousand dollars per year makes a career in computer systems analysis very lucrative. By 2024 over 118 thousand new jobs will have been created, which translates into a 21% growth rate over the same period. With its combination of high pay and rapid growth, training for a career in computer systems analysis makes it very likely that one will secure high paying employment upon completing one’s education.

  • Average median income 2015-$85,800
  • Expected growth over next ten years-21%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-118,600

Computer system analysts see to the efficiency of the computer systems of the organizations at which they are employed. A key component in the integration and application of both information technology and business know how.

Basic Responsibilities of Computer System Analysts:

  • Analyze and make needed changes to existing systems;
  • Oversee the proper function of existing computer programs and systems as well as program installation;
  • Develop tests for system efficiency;
  • Read, comprehend and apply technical literature pertaining to computer programming and systems;
  • Analyze and select appropriate computer software as well as effectively coordinating computers in the system;
  • Select candidates for employment.

For more information on this career see link.

Computer system analysts normally work in an office setting. A bachelor’s degree in information technology is normally expected. However, knowledge of computers and computer systems along with a bachelor’s degree in a different field can be sufficient for potential employers. Because computer system analysts are required to creatively integrate multiple fields of expertise, a diverse educational background is often beneficial in the job seeking process.

Online Education Opportunities:

Western Governors University: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American Intercontinental University: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

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Athletic Trainers

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Athletic training jobs are predicted to increase by 21% by 2024, making it one of the fastest growing fields of employment. Over 5,000 new jobs will be created in the next 10 years. And, with an average salary of over $40,000, athletic trainers are well compensated.

  • Average median income 2015-$44,670
  • Expected growth over next ten years-21%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-5,400

Society is growing ever more aware of the need to encourage good health through fitness. Athletic trainers interface with preventative, diagnostic, improvement and remedial fitness health care, assisting their clients to achieve higher quality of life through bodily integrity and strength.

Basic Responsibilities of Athletic Trainers:

  • Evaluate whether an athlete is ready to return to play, and provide care for injuries, supply equipment, training and rehabilitation techniques and medicine;
  • Assess initial injury and state of recovery;
  • Advise regarding athletic equipment;
  • Advise concerning diet;
  • Travel with teams, inspect playing areas for potential injury hazards;
  • Teach sports medicine to athletes and students.

For more information on this career see link.

The majority of trainers work in hospital, educational and/or athletic contexts. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, most states require additional licensing or certification. There are several graduate degree programs that can be pursued online.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of St. Augustine: MHS Athletic Training

Fresno Pacific University: MA Athletic Training

University of South Florida: MS Advanced Athletic Training

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Mental Health Counseling

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Mental health counseling is becoming more and more important in society. Greater importance and a growing need for sound advice is translating into an expected 19% growth rate in the field. In the next ten years 31 thousand new jobs will be created. An annual salary of $43,000 is quite respectable.

  • Average median income 2015-$43,190
  • Expected growth over next ten years-19%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-31,400

Mental health counselors help clients understand and overcome mental and emotional disorders as well as assist their clients to develop and maintain strong relationships. Good listening skills along with an ability to offer insightful comments about clients and their needs are absolutely necessary in a mental health counselor. Mental health counselors also need good communication skills coupled with an ability to develop short and long term strategies for the improving mental health and interpersonal relationships of their clients.

Basic Responsibilities of Mental Health Counselors:

  • Maintain confidential records of patients;
  • Collect client information in an orderly manner;
  • Complete and process state and federal paperwork;
  • Assess client condition, needs and potential risks, such as violence and/or suicide;
  • Intervene with and on behalf of clients;
  • Develop strategies for improving and stabilizing the mental health of their clients;
  • Counsel family members of clients regarding the needs and treatment of their clients.

For more information on this career see link.

Mental health counselors work in both private capacities as well as in health institutions such as hospitals. Typically both a master’s degree as well as state licensing are required to work as a mental health counselor.

Online Education Opportunities:

Capella University: Master’s Degree

University of Massachusetts Boston: Master’s Degree

Walden University: Master’s Degree

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Market Research Analysis

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Knowing one’s market and the financial potential of goods and/or services in that market are key components of any major economic and social success. Economic growth and the greater diversity of marketing media have produced a strong demand for research and analysis of financial markets. This greater demand translates into a predicted 19% growth by 2024. This means that there will be approximately 92 thousand new market research analyst jobs created in the next decade. Market research analysts made on average 62 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$62,150
  • Expected growth over next ten years-19%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-92,300

If you possess a bachelor’s degree along with strong mathematical and analytical skills, a career in market research analysis may be the way to advance your career and improve your financial status. Market research analysts look at sales potential and demand and advise companies about products consumers will likely purchase. Because time is money, analysts keep rigid deadlines and tight schedules in virtually every area of the economy.

Basic Responsibilities of Market Research Analysts:

  • Research and present findings in written and graphic format;
  • Conduct research to determine the position of a given company in the overall market;
  • Gather information on competitors and potential competitors, looking at sales, prices, quality, service and marketing;
  • Collect information on customer demographics, considering spending habits, preferences, needs and other factors;
  • Develop more efficient methods for data collection and analysis as well as data presentation.

For more information on this career see link.

Almost every area of business uses market research analysis. This means that analysts will work in a wide variety of settings through the broad field of business and industry. A bachelor’s degree in an area of mathematics is normally required. Advanced degrees and/or certification may also be needed to secure a position.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of Georgia: Certificate Course

Cornell University: Certificate Course

Florida International University: Certificate Course

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Medical and Health Service Management

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Growing at the impressive rate of 17%, over 56 thousand news jobs in medical and health service management will be created by 2024. This rapid growth is correlated with the aging of the baby boom generation and the growing need for health care. Increasing population and awareness of medical opportunities and needs also strongly contribute to the growth in this field. Medical and health service management is also a very lucrative career with an average salary of over 90 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$94,500
  • Expected growth over next ten years-17%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-56,300

Medical and health service managers plan and coordinate various medical and health services. They oversee entire healthcare facilities, individual departments or even groups of physicians.

Basic Responsibilities of Medical and Healthcare Managers:

  • Plan and oversee financial operations, including budget, expenditures, service rates;
  • Evaluate work activities of medical and healthcare professionals;
  • Plan and oversee programs in health and medical care;
  • Keep abreast of advances in medicine and pharmacology as well as legal changes pertaining to healthcare and/or medicine;
  • Oversee recruitment of new staff;
  • Maintain good communication between medical and/or healthcare organizations and the broader community.

For more information on this career see link.

The majority of healthcare and medical managers work in healthcare facilities and/or institutions, such as hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare groups. Often a bachelor’s degree is needed along with a few years of on-the-job experience in order to secure a position as a medical or healthcare manager.

Online Education Opportunities:

Capella University: Bachelor’s Degree

Franklin University: Bachelor’s Degree

Southern New Hampshire University: Bachelor’s Degree

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Software Developer

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Jobs in software development are predicted to grow 17% by 2024.  This translates into a massive increase of almost 190 thousand new jobs. Software developers are also among the highest paid on this list, earning an average annual salary of just over 100 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$100,690
  • Expected growth over next ten years-17%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-186,600

Software developers create the programs that run computers and their applications. The applications that software developers create are quite diverse, ranging from programs and apps that run on computers to programs for other devices as well as the operating systems of computers and devices.

Basic Responsibilities of Software Developers:

  • Change existing software, correcting errors, adapting to new hardware and improving function;
  • Develop and oversee software testing, validation as well as programming;
  • Analyze user needs and compare with cost of production, time and feasibility;
  • Oversee installation of new software;
  • Monitor function of software and equipment to make certain program is functioning properly.

For more information on this career see link and link.

For this high-paying and fast-growing career, normally a bachelor’s degree in computer science is required along with other computer skills. Software developers work for businesses specializing in computer program and/or computer system design and development.

Online Education Opportunities:

Southern New Hampshire University: Bachelor’s Degree

Western Governors University: Bachelor’s Degree

Champlain College: Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees

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Dietitian and Nutritionist

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Science and society are increasingly emphasizing good health practices and lifestyle. Preventative measures and good health as a way of life are becoming normative, placing a positive emphasis upon diet and nutrition. Because these factors are being given attention, demand for dietitians and nutritionists is on the rise. In the next ten years 11 thousand new jobs in this field are expected. This equals a massive 16% growth. Dietitians and nutritionists earn a very good salary on average as well: almost 60 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$57,910
  • Expected growth over next ten years-16%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-11,000

Dietitians and nutritionists develop diet and lifestyle programs that teach clients about the proper use of food. Their work specializes in the maintenance and/or recovery of good health through diet and lifestyle.

Basic Responsibilities of Dietitians and Nutritionists:

  • Monitor food services to ensure nutrition, quality, sanitation and safety;
  • Assess and facilitate the meeting of diet and health needs;
  • Advise on health issues related to diet and dietary and nutritional needs;
  • Provide counsel and direction to individuals and groups on the relation between good health and proper diet and habits;
  • Consult with other medical professionals on dietary needs and restrictions of patients.

For more information on this career see link.

Dietitians and nutritionists are employed by hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and cafeterias. Most often they work for state or federal agencies. A bachelor’s degree and field specific training is required. Many states also require dietitians and nutritionists be licensed.

Online Education Opportunities:

Huntington College of Health Sciences: Multiple Degrees

Liberty University: Master’s of Public Health and Nutrition

Arizona State University: Multiple Degrees

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Medical Laboratory Technologist or Technician

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Because of the ageing population as well as the increase of and need for diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes, demand for medical laboratory technologists and technicians is rapidly increasing. By 2024 over 50 thousand new jobs in this field will be created, amounting to a very high rate of growth (16%). With an average salary of just over 50 thousand dollars per year, a career in medical technology or as a medical technician is very lucrative.

  • Average median income 2015-$50,550
  • Expected growth over next ten years-16%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-52,100

Medical technologists (also called laboratory scientists) and technicians take samples of bodily fluids and/or tissues and other substances in order to test and diagnose conditions and disease.

Basic Responsibilities of Medical Technologists and Technicians:

  • Collect and test samples such as blood and urine for abnormalities and enter data into a database;
  • Set up, test and calibrate testing equipment for accuracy;
  • Advise on health issues related to diet and dietary and nutritional needs;
  • Analyze laboratory findings;
  • Analyze blood samples for type, shape, number of cells, blood group, disease, etc.

For more information on this career see link and link.

Medical technologists must possess a bachelor’s degree. Technicians, must hold an associate’s degree or certification. Most medical technologists and technicians work in hospitals or laboratories.

Online Education Opportunities:

Weber State University: Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees

Darton State College: Associate’s Degree

University of Cincinatti: Bachelor’s Degree

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Computer and Information Systems Manager

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Computer and information system management is a fast-growing field. Over the next ten years over 57 thousand new jobs are expected to be created. This amounts to a 15% increase. Computer and Information Systems Management–sometimes overlapping with information technology (IT)–also is a career with high salary potential. In 2014 the average income of computer and information system managers was over 130 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$131,600
  • Expected growth over next ten years-15%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-53,700

Computer and information system managers, also called IT managers, plan, direct and coordinate the information technology parameters and goals of their employers. In so doing, they have oversight for the development, implementation and upkeep of the computer system needed to reach these goals.

Basic Responsibilities of Computer and Information System Managers:

  • Review and project activities as well as oversee IT security;
  • Develop computer programs for improving data management, loss recovery, security and efficiency;
  • Remain informed about technological advances;
  • Assign and review work of other computer technology personnel;
  • Evaluate employing organization’s technological infrastructure and improve if there is need.

For more information on this career see link.

Computer and information system managers must have a high degree of skill with computers. Most often a bachelor’s degree in the field of information technology is required. Also, one normally doesn’t jump immediately into an IT management position, and four to five years of job experience is needed.

Online Education Opportunities:

Rasmussen College: BS

Colorado Technical University: MS

Oregon State University: BS

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Management Analyst

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The number of new management analyst jobs by 2024 is predicted to be a staggering 103 thousand. This equates to a 14% increase over the same period of time, making management analysis a fast growing occupation with a very large number of new job openings over the next decade. Business management analysts are very well paid, earning over 80 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$81,320
  • Expected growth over next ten years-14%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-103,400

Management analysts (also called management consultants) advise on ways organizations can improve in terms of efficiency and productivity as well as many other areas related to institutional strength and well-being. Management analysts focus especially upon managers. They advise managers about how changes managers could make would help their organization be more productive, efficient and profitable.

Basic Responsibilities of Management Analysts:

  • Gather and organize information on general as well as organization specific difficulties and policies;
  • Devise programmatic solutions for addressing issues related to efficiency, profit and productivity;
  • Provide instruction on the implementation of procedural changes and confer with personnel and staff to see that changes are being properly implemented;
  • Devise efficient and easily accessible records;
  • Review forms and confer with management and staff about problems and means to improve them.

For more information on this career see link.

Management analysts hold a bachelor’s degree, and often additional certification as certified management consultants. Management analysts are in and out of the office, receiving and meeting with clients. Only 3 in 10 management consultants are reported to work more than 40 hours per week.

Online Education Opportunities:

Bellevue University: Bachelor’s Degree

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Health Education and Community Health

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Health educators teach about the good effects and importance of proper diet and healthy life style practices. Health education is rapidly growing at a 13% rate over the next ten years because communities as well as healthcare providers and insurers look for ways to address rising demand for care and rising costs. This growth means that by 2024 over 15 thousand new health education jobs will be created. Health educators earn a good salary: an average of 43 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$43,840
  • Expected growth over next ten years-13%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-15,600

Health educators teach about life styles that promote good health. They also collect data from the communities they serve in order to specify and organize ways that existing lifestyle and behavior can be changed that promotes better overall health.

Basic Responsibilities of Health Educators:

  • Develop and present health maintenance and improvement programs;
  • Work with other agencies and organizations in order to coordinate health education and practice;
  • Develop education material for various agencies and organizations;
  • Prepare and distribute materials on specific health related matters, such as smoking, vaccines and other public health interests;
  • Supervise technical and professional staff on matters relating to health education.

For more information on this career see link.

Health educators work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, schools, non-profits and private businesses. Health educators are minimally required to possess certification, but college education is often preferable in addition to certification.

Online Education Opportunities:

Kaplan University: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s Degrees

Walden University: Certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

East Carolina University: Master’s Degree

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Social Work

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As the population ages and as more concern and care is directed to those in need, social workers will be needed. Over the next decade the field of social work is expected to expand 12%, much faster than average in comparison to other areas of employment. This expansion will translate into almost 75 thousand new social work jobs over the same period. Social workers on average make a very respectable income of 46 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$45,900
  • Expected growth over next ten years-12%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-74,800

A concern for people coupled with an ability to listen and understand are key traits of social workers. Social workers need to be creative and flexible as well, because they deal with many different people with a wide variety of concerns and needs. These include a wide range of life issues from family life, child care and development to mental, behavioral and emotional concerns.

Basic Responsibilities of Social Workers:

  • Counsel individuals, families and groups on topics such as mental health, poverty, substance abuse, violence, rehabilitation, child care, medical care, care of the elderly;
  • Conduct interviews in order to assess individual, familial and community situations and needs and to suggest means of assistance;
  • Serve as intermediaries between various parties such as individuals and schools, medical experts, law enforcement, financial institutions, courts;
  • Refer clients to experts in other fields that may be able to better and more directly address clients’ needs;
  • Arrange for psychiatric and medical tests;
  • Facilitate safe and healthy living and housing arrangements for clients.

For more information on this career see link.

Social workers assist people in a wide variety of work environments. These include, among others, private practices, hospitals, state and private agencies, community development and settlement houses. A career in social work normally requires a bachelor’s degree. Certain areas of clinical social work also require a master’s degree, work experience and state licensing.

Online Education Opportunities:

Indiana Wesleyan University: BSW

Northern Arizona University: BSW

University of Southern California: MSW

Arizona State University: MSW

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Recreational Therapy

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The field of recreational therapy is predicted to grow by 12% over the next decade. This growth will translate into over two thousand new positions by 2024. The average income for recreational therapists in 2015 was almost 46 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$45,890
  • Expected growth over next ten years-12%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-2,200

Recreational therapists organize and coordinate recreational activities for people with disabilities, injury or illness. These activities can include arts, crafts, sports, music, drama, outings. Recreational therapists seek through these activities to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Basic Responsibilities of Recreational Therapists:

  • Conduct therapy to improve mental and physical health;
  • Develop therapy programs, observing progress of patients and modifying plans as needed to achieve better results;
  • Plan and develop treatment programs and coordinate with community members and agencies to assist patients to re-enter community life;
  • Develop treatment plans according to patients’ needs and interests;
  • Prepare charts and data of patients’ treatment and progress.

For more information on this career see link.

Recreational therapists work for a wide range of employers, including hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Recreational therapists commonly hold a bachelor’s degree for entry level positions. Often additional certification is required.

Online Education Opportunities:

Florida International University: Bachelor’s Degree

University of Wisconsin: Certificate Program

SUNY Cortland: Graduate Certificate

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Accounting/Auditing

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Accountants and auditors are key for corporations, private and state institutions, profit and non-profit agencies and private citizens in their maintaining of accurate financial records. Growth in population is increasing the need for qualified accountants and auditors. By 2024 over 140 thousand new jobs in accounting and auditing will have been created. This amounts to an overall 11% rate of growth in the next decade. Accountants and auditors make very good money as well: almost 70 thousand dollars per year.

  • Average median income 2015-$67,190
  • Expected growth over next ten years-11%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-142,400

Accountants and auditors review financial records to determine their accuracy. They also prepare and assist with the payment of taxes as well as review financial operations of businesses and other organizations.

Basic Responsibilities of Accountants and/or Auditors:

  • Prepare and examine accounting and financial records, assessing accuracy and completeness;
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare taxes;
  • Develop, modify and use various software for accounting purposes;
  • Analyze records to detect wasteful expenditures, duplication of expense, compliance with law and efficiency;
  • Prepare reports of audit findings;
  • Prepare, analyze and verify annual finance reports.

For more information on this career see link and link.

Accountants and auditors most often work in office settings, and most are employed full-time. Around tax season accountants and auditors often work overtime. Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Additional certification can be earned, and many accountants become CPAs.

Online Education Opportunities:

Southern New Hampshire University: Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

University of Phoenix: Bachelor’s Degree

Kaplan University: Bachelor’s Degree

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Database Administrator

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Database administration offers a very high salary, and the field is expanding as information storage is becoming ever more sophisticated and dependent upon electronic databases. Its 11% predicted growth rate over the next decade is faster than the average for all careers and amounts to the creation of 13 thousand new jobs by 2024.

  • Average median income 2015-$81,710
  • Expected growth over next ten years-11%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-13,400

Database administrators use computer software to organize and store records. Database administrators also oversee database security, ensuring access to only those who are authorized.

Basic Responsibilities of Database Administrators:

  • Test database programs for accuracy, efficiency and security;
  • Organize databases management systems and direct programmers and analysts;
  • Develop and implement security features of database systems;
  • Develop ways to integrate multiple products that will improve overall database performance and security;
  • Keep abreast of developments in database management.

For more information on this career see link.

Database administration normally requires a strong background in computer science or information technology. Often a bachelor’s degree along with a few years of work experience is required.

Online Education Opportunities:

Colorado State University: BS

Colorado Technical University: BS

Liberty University: BS

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Meeting and Event Planning

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Business and society is globalized and people travel to attend meetings, conventions and other similar gatherings. This creates a need for event planners who create the environment in which such gatherings take place.  This field is predicted to grow at a faster than average 10%. This translates into almost ten thousand new jobs over the next decade. At almost 47 thousand dollars per year, a career in meeting and event planning offers good earning potential.

  • Average median income 2015-$46,840
  • Expected growth over next ten years-10%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-9,900

Event planners organize and oversee the practical arrangements of meetings, conventions, parties and similar gatherings. They put in order location and venue, food and transportation as well as living accommodations.

Basic Responsibilities of Meeting and Event Planners:

  • Monitor event activities in order to determine whether these comply with laws and regulation and are satisfactory to event participants;
  • Resolve event conflicts that arise;
  • Inspect facilities in order to determine whether they fit with the requirements of the customer;
  • Oversee and coordinate services for event such as food, accommodation, transportation, special needs and similar matters;
  • Consult with customers to determine requirement of event.

For more information on this career see link.

Most often meeting and event planners hold a bachelor’s degree along with some work experience in the hospitality industry.

Online Education Opportunities:

Ashworth College: Diploma Program

New York Institute of Art and Design: Event Planning Course

International Institute of Event Management: Certificate Programs

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Social Service Management

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Need for qualified and conscientious social service managers is on the rise. Because of the growing elderly population as well as greater awareness of the mental health and substance abuse disorders in communities, the field of social service management is expected to grow 10% over the next decade: faster growth than average. This 10% increase will translate into the creation of over 13 thousand new social service management positions. Social service management offers very good earning potential with an annual average salary of just over 63 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$63,530
  • Expected growth over next ten years-10%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-13,200

Social service managers develop, oversee and implement social programs. Their work often deals with social programs relating to the health and welfare of the elderly and those with mental health disorders and/or substance addictions.

Basic Responsibilities of Social Service Managers:

  • Evaluate methodology and performance of personnel to determine if adequate;
  • Work with other agencies involved in community well-being;
  • Plan and make certain budgets are followed;
  • Implement and oversee volunteer activities;
  • Direct fundraising programs;
  • Analyze rules and legislation in order to determine their effect upon health and public welfare agencies.

For more information on this career see link.

Social service managers work in many settings. They are employed by private organizations, non-profits as well as local and federal agencies. A bachelor’s degree in social work along with work experience is required to enter into the field. A master’s degree is often desired for candidates for managerial positions.

Online Education Opportunities:

Briar Cliff University: Bachelor’s Degree

Walden University: Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees

University of Southern California: Master’s and Doctorate Degrees

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Petroleum Engineering

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The importance of oil world wide for transport and commerce is undisputed. Petroleum engineering is a key part of making oil both accessible and usable for commercial and transportation. Petroleum engineering is a very high paying career that is only reached after a great deal of education. With an annual salary of almost 130 thousand dollars, if one can persevere through the needed education, the hard work will pay off. Petroleum engineering does not employ a large number of workers in comparison to other fields. The field is, however, growing at the faster-than-average rate of 10% over the next decade, which will translate into almost 3,500 new jobs.

  • Average median income 2015-$129,900
  • Expected growth over next ten years-10%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-3,400

Petroleum engineers design and improve methods for extracting oil and gas. They also work to improve the efficiency of older wells.

Basic Responsibilities of Petroleum Engineers:

  • Assess and calculate costs for extraction projects and their feasibility;
  • Develop plans for drilling and extracting oil and gas;
  • Monitor wells for safety, completion and efficiency;
  • Analyze information and give recommendations as to the placement of wells;
  • Monitor well production and seek ways to improve production.

For more information on this career see link.

A difficulty in pursuing a career in petroleum engineering is that online engineering undergraduate degree programs aren’t readily available. Sometimes a bachelor’s degree in engineering, especially if it is in petroleum engineering, is sufficient to secure a job. Fortunately, if one already possesses a degree in engineering and would like to move to the lucrative field of petroleum engineering, there are several online master’s degree programs in petroleum engineering.

Online Education Opportunities:

University of North Dakota: Bachelor’s Degree

Texas A & M University: Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate

University of Southern California: Master’s Degree

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Financial Services Agent

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Financial services management as a field is predicted to grow 10% by 2024, which translates into 32,500 new jobs over the next decade. High stress and high salary are directly correlated in this job. Financial services managers’ average income of over 71 thousand dollars comes with tense and long work weeks, often more than full time.

  • Average median income 2015-$71,550
  • Expected growth over next ten years-10%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-32,500

Financial services agents facilitate the inner workings of the financial world by establishing relationships between buyers and sellers in the different markets. Financial service agents advise investors and traders.

Basic Responsibilities of Financial Services Managers:

  • Determine customers’ financial needs and propose services that meet such needs;
  • Prepare and complete forms of sale;
  • Sell a variety of goods and services, such as equipment, trusts, investments;
  • Contact potential customers in order to inform of various goods and services;
  • Develop new potential client prospects by networking with people and following network leads.

For more information on this career see link.

A career as a financial services agent requires a high stress threshold and an ability to cope with stress. It is common for financial services agents to work more than 40 hours per week. A bachelor’s degree is required. Graduate education is often helpful too, especially for promotions and advancement.

Online Education Opportunities:

Florida State College (Jacksonville): BS

Boston University: Master’s Degree

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Technical Writing

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In the next ten years over 5,000 new technical writing jobs are expected to be created. This translates into a rate of growth in the field that is several points faster than the overall average job growth rate during the same period. With an average income of over 70 thousand dollars, technical writing is one of the more lucrative career choices that will likely land you a job and can be pursued through online education.

  • Average median income 2015-$70,240
  • Expected growth over next ten years-10%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-5,300

Manuals, how-to guides, technical and scholarly articles and similar writing flow from the pens or, rather, are entered through the keyboards of technical writers. Technical writers also gather, organize and disseminate technical information through other means.

Basic Responsibilities of Technical Writers:

  • Organize and compose texts according to the needs of the subject material, standards of accuracy and requirements of those employers;
  • Maintain records of writings, edits and selections of images, graphs and the like;
  • Acquire knowledge through research, reading of technical journals and interviews;
  • Stay current with developments in the field in order to discern when and how publications should be corrected and/or updated;
  • Confer with representatives and experts to gain an overview of what technical writings are needed and how to complete technical writing.

For more information on this career see link.

Technical writers are most often employed in industry, computer technology and engineering. College is normally required, and often work experience is desired. Experience needed is usually in computer science, web design or engineering.

Online Education Opportunities:

Arizona State University: Bachelor’s Degree

University of California Berkeley: Post Bachelor’s Certificate

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire: Certificate

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Human Resource Management

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If you’re good at planning and possess strong leadership and communication skills, online education in human resource management will likely land you a job with an excellent salary. Human resources management is growing at the higher-than-average rate of 9% over the next ten years. This equates to almost 11 thousand new jobs during the same period. And, with an average salary of over 100 thousand dollars, human resource management is one of the most lucrative careers on our list.

  • Average median income 2015-$104,440
  • Expected growth over next ten years-9%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-10,800

Human resource managers plan and direct the administration of an organization. They hire and recruit new personnel as well as mediate between employees and management. A human resource manager must be both an adept planner and organizer and a skilled diplomat.

Basic Responsibilities of Human Resource Managers:

  • Stand as a mediator between management and staff, interpreting and applying contracts and legal requirements;
  • Analyze current practices and pay to evaluate an organization’s competitiveness;
  • Ensure equal opportunity for employees and provide training on company and legal policies, such as sexual harassment;
  • Oversee staffing needs, such as recruiting, training, dismissal;
  • Maintain records and represent organization in matters pertaining to personnel;
  • Study legal documents and procedures, especially pertaining to arbitration.

For more information on this career see link.

Normally, experience in the field is a prerequisite, and often only a bachelor’s degree is needed. However, often potential employers require a master’s degree in order to be considered as a candidate.

Online Education Opportunities:

Linfield College

University of Phoenix: Bachelor’s Degree

Tulane University: Master’s Degree

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Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Management

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Advertising, promotions and marketing are three closely related fields that have the same basic educational foundation. At the top end of the scale people can reach salaries of well over 100 thousand dollars per year. This often requires a good deal of on the job experience. Often marketing agents and analysts earn between 40 and 60 thousand dollars per year. Sales managers, however, jump up to around 100 thousand dollars in annual income. Marketing management is where there is the best pay at around 120 thousand per year. Advertising, marketing and promotions is growing at a fast rate, and is predicted to expand by 9% over the next ten years. This translates into almost 20 thousand new jobs.

  • Average median income 2015-$124,850
  • Expected growth over next ten years-9%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-19,700

Persons working the fields of marketing, advertising or promotions attempt to determine both what would be an attractive product to potential consumers as well as determine how to make existing goods and services more attractive.

Basic Responsibilities of Advertisers, Marketers and Promotions Personnel:

  • Plan, layout and prepare promotional materials
  • Research, organize and develop marketing plans;
  • Confer with clients to offer technical advice;
  • Identify and develop marketing strategies based upon knowledge of market, competitors and other factors;
  • Develop pricing strategies;
  • Coordinate and market trade shows.

For more information on this career see link and link.

Entry level positions require only a Bachelors degree. However, to advance, work experience is often required. Usually work experience is obtained in sales, marketing and promotions as well as management.

Online Education Opportunities:

Colorado State University: Bachelor’s Degree

New England College of Business: Bachelor’s Degree

University Alabama Birmingham: Bachelor’s Degree

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Cost Estimator

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Cost estimators work in many industries. This will determine the specific form of education one must acquire in order to prepare for the demands of a given field. Overall almost 18 thousand new cost estimator jobs are predicted to be created by 2024. This amounts to a faster than average 9% rate of growth. Cost estimators on average make a good annual salary of about 60 thousand dollars.

  • Average median income 2015-$60,390
  • Expected growth over next ten years-9%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-18,700

Cost estimators determine the time, cost, labor and resources needed to complete projects. Because the needs of a given industry are very specific, cost estimators often specialize in a single field, such as construction, business or manufacturing.

Basic Responsibilities of Cost Estimators:

  • Consult with a wide range of personnel involved in a given project to make cost determinations;
  • Analyze blueprints to determine amount of labor and costs and materials;
  • Prepare estimates for use by vendors and subcontractors;
  • Confer with architects, engineers, owners, contractors and subcontractors to make adjustments to estimates;
  • Prepare estimates of cost for use for planning, organization and scheduling.

For more information on this career see link.

Cost estimators normally have a strong background in mathematics and hold a bachelor’s degree often related to the area in which they hope to be employed.

Online Education Opportunities:

Construction:

Everglades University: Construction Management: Bachelor’s Degree

Accounting:

Southern New Hampshire University: Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

University of Phoenix: Bachelor’s Degree

Kaplan University: Bachelor’s Degree

Business Administration:

Southern New Hampshire University: Bachelor’s Degree

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Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation

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Arbitration, mediation and conciliation is a small field with a small number of jobs (8,400 total U.S. jobs in 2014). However, they are very important for dispute resolution in business, law and other areas in which disagreement and the need for arbitration arise. This field promises a good salary (over $58,000 per year). Arbitration, mediation and conciliation is expected to grow 9% in the next ten years, which translates into 800 new jobs nationwide.

  • Average median income 2015-$58,020
  • Expected growth over next ten years-9%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-800

Arbitrators negotiate in order to foster dialogue and resolution between disputants. Their role is to prevent disputes from reaching the court systems, thus playing an important cost saving role. Arbitrators work for state and local governments as well as for private legal agencies.

Basic Responsibilities of Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators:

  • Use mediation techniques in order to establish and maintain constructive dialog between disputing parties to the end of an equitable resolution;
  • Set meetings and facilitate such meetings between disputants;
  • Prepare written agreements for disputing parties to sign;
  • Apply legal principles and documents to arbitration cases;
  • Gather information on the claims of all sides in a dispute in order to determine legal rights and settlement outcomes.

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There are no specific degree requirements. Needed skills can be gained through online education. However, one should be aware of economic constraints at local and state levels as these could limit job growth in given locations.

Online Education Opportunities:

Arizona State University: Bachelor’s Degree

University of California Berkeley: Post Bachelor’s Certificate

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire: Certificate

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Loan Officer

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Loan officer positions are expected to increase 8% over the next ten years. This amounts to 24 thousand new jobs during the same period. Although this growth rate is only average, the field is fairly large and the need for motivated and qualified loan officers is expanding. Loan officers, on average, have a very good income with annual pay of over 60 thousand dollars. A strong economy and low interest rates translate into greater demand for loans and loan officers. If the economy continues to grow prospects are very good for those who choose to seek a career as a loan officer.

  • Average median income 2015-$63,430
  • Expected growth over next ten years-8%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-24,500

Loan officers analyze loan applications and determine whether or not a loan is to be approved or rejected. They work with businesses as well as private citizens applying for loans. Loan officers can simply suggest that an application be accepted or rejected, or they might carry the responsibility for actually approving or denying loan applications.

Basic Responsibilities of Loan Officers:

  • Analyze overall financial portfolio of applicants, including credit, wealth and property, in order to determine whether or not to approve a loan application;
  • Explain to customers various types of loans and loan opportunities as well as answer loan applicant questions;
  • Review and ensure loan agreements and terms are complete and correct;
  • Set credit and financing limits;
  • Negotiate with customers over loan payments;
  • Hire and recruit new loan officer personnel.

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Loan officers are often employed by banks and other credit institutions. Most work is carried out in an office setting, evaluating, approving or recommending  loan applications. Most commonly a bachelor’s degree is required along with on the job training. Loan officers must also be licensed.

Online Education Opportunities:

Proschools Oncourse Learning: Mortgage Lending

Training Pro: Loan Officer

Allied Schools: Mortgage Loan Originator

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Special Education Teacher

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Special education is expanding at a rate of 6%. While this is slower than many of the other occupations on this list, it is still growing at the average rate. Over the next decade over 28 thousand new jobs will be created in special education.

  • Average median income 2015-$56,800
  • Expected growth over next ten years-6%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-28,100

Special education teachers respond to students with a wide variety of needs and/or disabilities. They must also be competent teachers able to tailor lessons and communicate to students with varying degrees of ability. They must be able to teach a wide variety of subjects, skillfully tailoring their teaching to the needs of their students.

Basic Responsibilities of Special Education Teachers:

  • Devise, and carry out strategies that will facilitate student learning;
  • Be able to confer and collaborate with a wide variety of people, including education officials, parents, specialists and others;
  • Determine social atmosphere and establish rules in classroom;
  • Prepare assignments and classroom activities;
  • Interpret test results, implement learning technologies and evaluate student progress;
  • Perform administrative and record keeping duties.

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Most teachers in this field work in schools. Some work only 10 months a year, while others work a full 12-month schedule. Special education teachers in public schools are required to hold a bachelor’s degree along with state-issued certification. Private schools may not require such certification.

Online Education Opportunities:

Southern New Hampshire University: BA

Liberty University: BS

Purdue University: MS

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Coaching and Scouting

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If you love sports and have a knack for communicating theoretical and practical instruction about them, coaching may a good job choice for you. Or, if you can spot talent, scouting might be up your alley. Predicted to grow at 6% over by 2024, there will be almost 15 thousand new coaching and/or scouting jobs created. These fields aren’t large in terms of numbers, but with the right skill set and training a job in coaching or scouting could be the way to continue engagement in sports and communicate your knowledge and skills to other athletes. The average annual salary of coaches is a modest 31 thousand dollars. However, as one moves into higher levels of coaching, salary increases.

  • Average median income 2015-$31,000
  • Expected growth over next ten years-6%
  • Number of new jobs over next ten years-14,800

Coaches teach amateur and professional athletes the principles, strategies and skills needed for a given sport or athletic event. Scouts evaluate talent and determine the likelihood of athletes succeeding at higher levels of competition such as college and/or professional levels.

Basic Responsibilities of Coaches and Scouts:

  • Provide training about a given sport and give counsel regarding fitness and nutritional health as well as plan physical conditioning routines;
  • Explain rules and strategies of a given sport or game;
  • Monitor player development and effort in relation to potential ability;
  • Plan and oversee practices and games;
  • Identify and recruit athletes that have high potential;
  • Oversee sports or team budget and organize and participate in fundraising.

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Both coaches and scouts generally need a bachelor’s degree along with extensive knowledge of their sport. It is typical for coaches to work more than 40 hours per week, on holidays and weekends. A great deal of travel is normal for coaches and scouts as they travel to different locations for events. Often experience in the sport one desires to coach is beneficial, but it is not always necessary, especially at the lower levels. Coaches are often employed by schools with athletic teams as well as professional sports organizations.

Online Education Opportunities:

United States Sports Academy: Bachelor’s Degree

Ball State University: Master’s Degree

Southern New Hampshire University: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees