If you choose to pursue a degree online, you may have some trouble narrowing down what school you want to attend. Since the web covers all of the online schools in the United States, navigating the maze of choices can be very stressful.
The World Wide Web is a great resource. A good place to start is to use a service like elearners.com to search for the degree you are interested in. Once you have a list of online colleges that offer the degree you want, start researching each school. There are forums online where you can post questions to find out if alumni are successful, and what they thought of the school. Ask around, and discuss your choice with your parents.
Getting your degree online can save you both time and money. You can set up your own schedule and stretch your budget by avoiding transportation costs — and even gain valuable work experience if you want to work around your classes. Another advantage is online colleges are accessible from almost any location.
According to polls taken in 2009, here are just a few of the average salaries of common college degrees.
- Graduates with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management made an average of $42,000 a year.
- Those with a BS in Business Administration earned around $40,000 a year.
- If you got your Media Degree in Animation, you could expect to make an average of $44,000 a year – which all but eliminated the “starving artist” theory.
Considering that the average job currently earns you around $25-35,000 a year, having a degree is well worth the time it takes to get it. And since you can often work toward more credits per semester online than at an actual campus, you can earn your degree faster and get out there and find a great job as soon as possible.