Top 5 Online Degrees for Busy, Working People

Many of us have multiple things and projects throughout the day to work on that sometimes we don’t get enough time to stop and think about our goals and what we want to accomplish in the future. We’re so caught up in our busy lifestyle that sometimes our job or experience becomes mundane.

However, many people are realizing how online education can have a huge impact in helping them think and make changes. According to a Boston-based education research firm, Eduventures, 3 million students were reported to be studying and getting their degrees online (defined as 80 percent or more pursued online degrees).

According to the firm, the value proposition, convenience, and flexibility of online higher education over traditional campus are some of the reasons why people are choosing online education.

We’re mutli-tasking people, we love to be able to get a lot accomplished in a short period of time. Luckily that’s the mindset online degrees have. It allows us to balance our current jobs, families and social life while still working towards a degree. Online degrees became the popular choice of working adults keen to break out of the “minimum to low wage” bracket, as well as those looking to change careers.

If you’re wondering what your next career move should be, then we’ve got a few suggestions for you

Criminal Justice

If we just go by the number of legal, crime, and espionage dramas playing on television currently, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that we’re a nation obsessed with crime stories and crime-solving. But crime or fighting crime to be more precise, doesn’t just make good TV, it is also an excellent career opportunity. Criminal justice happens to be one of the most popular online degrees as the coursework prepares individuals for a variety of careers in law enforcement agencies, legal offices, and courtrooms.


The U.S. Department of Labor has projected that occupations and industries related to healthcare will add most new jobs in the 2012-22 decade. The healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to add over 5 million jobs in this time period (accounting for nearly one-third of the total increase in jobs). Since a healthcare degree = high employment potential + stable career + attractive compensation, getting one online is a smart move at this point in time.

Business Administration

Business degrees are by far the most popular choice of online students (with 36 percent of undergraduate and 39 percent of graduate students enrolling in business programs) according to this report. A business degree provides a wide array of skills applicable to almost every industry. Whether it’s for career development or personal achievement, an online business degree could be a great bet for working professionals.

Sports Management

An online degree in sports management is ideal for those who love the adrenalin-pumping world of sport. The degree qualifies graduates for a range of positions involved in ensuring the smooth functioning of a sports organization. As a sports administrator, you could be in charge of the marketing activities of a local sports club or managing its budget and resources. The possibilities are endless for this industry whose market size is expected to reach $70.7 billion by 2018 in North America alone.


Many registered nurses (RNs) enter the profession with either a diploma in nursing or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. However, an advanced degree is usually required for management, supervisory, or specialty roles. Online RN-to-MSN degrees are a boon for busy nurses who often have rigorous work schedules leaving them little or no time for traditional school.

According to this survey, students enrolled in online degrees reported a number of positive outcomes with 45 percent receiving salary increases and 36 percent getting a promotion after completing their programs. Enroll for one of Concordia University Texas’ online degrees now to bring a positive change in your professional life as well.

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