If you’re thinking about earning a degree online, you’ll be interested to know that distance education is more accessible and popular than ever. While overall college enrollment declined slightly in 2017, the number of students taking college classes online increased. The number of American students who were enrolled exclusively online grew from 14.7 percent in 2016 to 15.4 percent in 2017 (Inside Higher Ed). Online education often appeals to recent high school graduates, adults returning to college after a break, and working adults looking to change careers.
Before you invest time, effort and money toward the best degree to get online, you may want to know which degrees have the best career prospects. To answer that question, we analyzed 190 online degree programs to find those offering an optimal blend of availability, earning potential, industry demand and job prospects. If you’ve decided on a general area of study, our rankings may help you choose a specific degree according to its employment prospects. Our analysis is based on the latest employment, salary and education data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Two measures of salary data (median and 75th percentile) are given; they represent professionals at all experience levels. (Click here to read more about our methodology.)
Here are the 25 best online degrees for 2019. Keep in mind that not all online degree programs are available at all colleges. Also, certain programs require some clinical work in a professional facility or an on-campus lab.
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