The way employers value education is changing. Twenty years ago it was possible for job seekers with a high school diploma and job experience to get a good job. Ten years ago, job seekers needed a bachelor's to get a great job with opportunities for advancement. Today, in 2006, most employers want their upper-level executives and managers to have a master's degree.
What's more, the earning potential for degree-holders is much more than those without a college degree. For example, the Commerce Department's Census Bureau reports that adults (18- to 25-year-old) with bachelors' degrees earn an average of $40,478. Adults, in the same age range, with only a high school diploma earned an average of $22,895. Additionally, adults with advanced degrees earn an average of $63,229 a year compared to those without a high-school diploma that only make $16,124 a year.
Obtaining a degree is vital in order to stay competitive among today's workforce.
Most Americans would like to go back to school to get a degree. But, for people with families, young children or full-time jobs, going back to school is a time commitment they just can't afford. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to obtain an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree away from campus.
Online courses and degree programs provide flexible schedules that will accommodate a full-time job or family needs. Check the Military.com School Finder to learn more.
Online courses are much like traditional classes with one key exception: You're not physically in the class. These courses will still have a professor, textbooks, homework and exams. However, the combination of the traditional class with online message boards, chat rooms, and CD-ROMs give online courses higher flexibility.
What's more, the professor of the online class will post weekly reading assignments, study questions, and schedule group online chat time. Students must post answers to the study questions within the week, and respond to other students' answers as well.
Before you begin any online program, you need to research which one is best for you, your education and career goals. Additionally, the program has to fit your schedule. Here five questions you should ask before entering a degree program:
Once you find the online program that fits your goals and schedule, it's important for you to become disciplined and do the work. An online course gives you the flexibility and time to get a degree.
Learn more about online degree programs.
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