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The 50 Best Jobs for Online Learners

According to estimates by the National Center for Education Statistics, greater than 1 in every 4 students enrolled at a college or university is now enrolled in distance education courses, and that number is growing. Working on school work from home has it’s own unique challenges and benefits. A certain type of learner truly does thrive in an environment where they set the goals, they don’t have to interface with as many people, and they can work on their own time. As the number of job types available to those primarily studying online grows, there’s less reason than ever for those for whom online education is a good fit to endeavor into brick and mortar classrooms.

The median salary for all Americans is stagnating around $38,000, the unemployment rate hovers around 4.5%, and the projected number of new job openings is around 10 million between 2014 and 2024. Those are good numbers. But for data sampled on the best jobs for online learners, the median salary is approximately $42,000 higher than that of all Americans, approximately $80,000 per year, while the unemployment rate is around 2.2 points lower at 1.8%, and the projected number of new job openings is over 2.3 million—that’s approaching 25% or 1 in every 4 of all jobs added—between 2014 and 2024.

That’s why, to note this marked shift in learning methods and the job market, we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Best Jobs for Online Learners. All fifty jobs that appear below can be prepared for primarily online. Some require in-person training, but all allow for some degree of online preparation to count towards job qualification. For applicable types of programming, we’ve also included links to information on our recommended programs to obtain the professional degree you’re interested in below.

Methodology

  • Unemployment Rate (1/3): The percentage of professionals with the job listed that report being unemployed.
  • Median Salary (1/3): The salary that falls in the middle of all annual salaries reported for a particular profession.
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years (1/3): The number of jobs projected to open over the next 10 years under the job title listed.

1

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses (RNs) whose job is to perform many of the same duties as licensed primary care physicians (PCPs). They can treat and diagnose diseases, prescribe medications, and they often work at local or regional clinics in family medicine. Nurse Practitioners must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and pursue graduate medical study for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), both of which are offered online. In-person training is always required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of BSN and DNP programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer DNP programs that are fully online.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.70%
  • Median Salary: $98,190
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 44,700

2

Medical and Health Services Manager

Medical and Health Services Managers are hospital or small practice administrators whose job is to oversee the operations of medical facilities. They often manage a team of medical personnel to ensure quality care while they complete various clerical responsibilities like scheduling meetings, filing insurance claims, creating and dispensing budgets. Medical and Health Services Managers typically hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BSBA) with an emphasis in Health Administration, a bachelor’s degree which can be earned online. In-person training is usually preferable for earning this experience, which is why many online BSBA programs in Health Administration encourage online learners to apply for internships, which might be close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer an online BSBA in Health Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.20%
  • Median Salary: $94,500
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 56,300

3

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapists are rehabilitation specialists whose job is to help people recover from a variety of medical conditions that inhibit physical movement. They often work in either outpatient rehab clinics or inpatient recovery centers and are responsible for aiding patients of all ages and conditions in regaining their ability to perform daily activities. Physical Therapists should hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physical Therapy, as well as be nationally certified and formally registered in order to practice. Many practitioners also pursue a graduate certificate in Physical Therapy, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), or Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (T-DPT), all of which are available online. In-person training is often requested in the form of clinical internships, although some programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 10 schools offer online degrees in physical therapy.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.10%
  • Median Salary: $84,020
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 71,800

4

Psychologist

Psychologists are mental health professionals whose job is to diagnose and treat mental health disorders by applying their knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Traditionally, psychologists have worked in private practice, but they are increasingly employed across all sectors of society, including schools, governmental organizations, and private corporations. Psychologists must hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and pursue graduate study for a masters or doctorate of clinical or counseling psychology, all of which are offered online. In-person training is often requested in the form of clinical internships, although some programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 schools offer online degrees in psychology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.90%
  • Median Salary: $131,600
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 53,700

5

IT Manager

IT Managers are supervisors whose job is to oversee an organization’s computer infrastructure. They manage technical support teams that often resolve issues with network security, new software, and hardware malfunctions, as well as data storage and data access across organizational boundaries. IT Managers usually hold a bachelor’s in Information Technology or Computer Science, both of which are offered online. They also usually have a wealth of experience taking the lead on resolving an organization’s technical problems. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in Information Technology and Computer Science encourage online learners to apply for internships close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Information Technology and Computer Science.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.20%
  • Median Salary: $94,590
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 32,500

6

Software Developer

Software Developers are computer scientists whose job is to create and maintain computer applications for people to use on their laptops, smartphones, and other computational devices. They often work in an office setting to provide maintenance for existing computer systems that depend on a whole host of other networks for their operability. Software developers usually hold Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Technology, all of which are offered online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in software development allow online learners to work remotely. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Software Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.00%
  • Median Salary: $98,260
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 135,300

7

Computer Network Architect

Computer Network Architects, sometimes shortened to Network Architects, are security professionals whose job is to be the good guy hacker and mastermind behind their company’s network security. They usually work in an office setting to perform many of the same duties as IT Managers and security analysts, and their job usually involves testing both wired and wireless computer networks for holes that other hackers might penetrate, exploit, and harm their organization. Network Architects usually hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Network Security, both of which are offered online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in software development allow online learners to work remotely. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in either Computer Science or Network Security.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.60%
  • Median Salary: $100,240
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 12,700

8

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Anesthetists are certified registered nurses of anesthesia (CRNA) whose job is to perform many of the same duties as anesthesiologists. They usually work alongside anesthesiologists with a team of fellow CRNAs to administer the drugs necessary for patients who are undergoing inpatient or outpatient surgery. Nurse Anesthetists must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), both of which are offered online. In-person training is always required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of BSN and MSN programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online BSN and MSN programs.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.70%
  • Median Salary: $157,140
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 7,400

9

Financial Manager

Financial Managers are supervisors of personal and professional budgets whose job is to perform financial analysis for their employers. They often work in an office setting to draw up market forecasts, perform cost-benefit analyses, and execute investment strategies for the maximum benefit of their companies and clients. Financial Managers must hold a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Management, Accounting, or Business Administration, all of which are offered online. Many Financial Managers also hold MBAs, which are also offered online. In-person training is usually preferable for earning experience, which is why many online business degree programs encourage online learners to apply for internships, many of which can be close to the online learner’s location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Finance, Management, Accounting, and Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.00%
  • Median Salary: $117,990
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 37,700

10

Registered Nurse

Registered Nurses (RNs) are healthcare professionals whose job is to monitor patients’ most basic medical needs. They often work in hospitals and outpatient treatment facilities, although many also work in private practices and private residences. Registered Nurses must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and many pursue graduate medical study for a master’s or doctorate, all of which are offered online. In-person training is always required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of BSN programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online DNP programs.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.50%
  • Median Salary: $67,490
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 439,300

11

Financial Advisor

Financial Advisors are account executives whose job is to provide financial advice to their clients. They often work for financial institutions like banks, insurance firms, and investment firms to assess individual accounts and help customers meet their financial goals. Financial Advisors must hold a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Management, Accounting, or Business Administration, all of which are offered online. Many Financial Advisors also hold MBAs, which are also offered online. In-person training is usually preferable for earning experience, which is why many online business degree programs encourage their online learners to apply for internships, which can be close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Finance, Management, Accounting, and Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.00%
  • Median Salary: $89,160
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 73,900

12

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists are assistants to the dentist whose job is multifaceted. They usually perform a number of the same duties as the dentist in the office, including regular teeth cleaning, oral inspections, and patient education for preventive care. They also help dentists with more complex tasks such as taking x-rays, providing technical assistance during dental procedures, and taking impressions of teeth. Many also work orthodontic offices. Dental Hygienists should hold a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene, which is available online. In-person training is required in some programs for exams and orientation, but the most Dental Hygiene programs allow online learners to complete all of their necessary coursework online. There are over 20 accredited schools that offer online programs in Dental Hygiene.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.20%
  • Median Salary: $72,330
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 37,400

13

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Analysts are professional information technologists whose job is to take what they know about computational programming and apply it to automating the distribution, manufacturing, and sales processes. They often work in an office setting to streamline company-wide workflows using computer technology to achieve maximal operational efficiency. Computer Systems Analysts must hold Bachelor of Science in Information Technology or Computer Science, and some hold a Master’s in Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation for these degrees, and a number of degree programs in Information Technology, Computer Science, and Business Administration encourage online learners to apply for internships close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Information Technology, Computer Science, and Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.30%
  • Median Salary: $80,150
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 30,400

14

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are physical therapists whose job is to help people learn how to perform the day-to-day activities of their lives and jobs to the best of their abilities. They measure and modify a patient’s progress according to that patient’s goals, and they often work for private companies and public organizations, as well as with family medical doctors and healthcare providers, to ensure a patient is maximally healthy. Occupational Therapists must hold a Bachelor of Science in Occupational or Physical Therapy, and many hold either a Master’s or Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of graduate programs in occupational therapy allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online programs in Occupational Therapy.

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15

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are professional diagnosticians whose job is to use ultrasound technology and other medical equipment to conduct observations of medical patients. They interpret the results of their observations and recommend treatment to doctors. Most work at local or regional clinics or family medicine. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers must hold Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology or related medical fields, which are available online, and many pursue graduate medical study for additional certifications. In-person training is often required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of medical programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online degree programs in fields related to sonography, including Medical Technology, Public Health, and Healthcare Management.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.40%
  • Median Salary: $68,970
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 16,000

16

School Psychologist

School Psychologists are specialized mental healthcare professionals whose job is to counsel students in public and private schools using their knowledge of adolescent behavior and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). School Psychologists work closely with parents and teachers to help students’ address behavioral issues with their teachers, other students, and parents in order to improve their chances of succeeding at school. School Psychologists must hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and pursue graduate study for a masters or doctorate of Clinical or Counseling Psychology, all of which are available online. In-person training is often requested in the form of clinical internships, although some programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved educational facility or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 schools offer online degree programs in Psychology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.20%
  • Median Salary: $70,580
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 30,500

17

Business Operations Manager

Business Operations Managers are supervisors whose job is to oversee and maintain the smooth operation of a business. They typically work in office settings to solve logistical problems that could hinder the large scale workflows of a small, medium, and large companies, usually ones with products to distribute. Business Operations Managers must hold a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field such as Business Administration and Supply Chain Management, and many pursue a Master’s of Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually preferable for gaining experience that can be articulated toward earning a job, which is why many online Business Administration programs encourage online learners to apply for internships, which might be close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
  • Median Salary: $97,730
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 151,100

18

Patrol Officer

Patrol Officers are police personnel whose job is to perform the duty of serving and protecting their local and regional communities. They cooperate with firefighters and paramedics to ensure maximal safety of the citizens within their jurisdictions, and they also work with lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system to enforce the law. Patrol Officers must apply and be accepted to a police academy, where they complete the rigorous physical and intellectual training to become a member of the police force. Many police departments prefer their officers to have a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice or Criminology, each of which is available online. In-person training is rarely required for the completion of coursework for these degrees, and some online Criminal Justice programs provide Grant-in-Aid benefits for military personnel. Over 100 accredited schools offer online degrees in criminal justice and related programs.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.00%
  • Median Salary: $58,320
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 34,200

19

Actuary

Actuaries are financial analysts whose job is to perform the essential task of assessing whether or not a company should assume the risk of pledging money and other resources to a client, account, or cause. They often work as risk managers in an office setting, either for insurance agencies or large financial institutions, where they ensure that their employer doesn’t write checks that can’t be cashed, and that checks which are cashed have a return on investment. Actuaries must hold Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, Statistics, or Risk Management and some pursue a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), all of which are available online. In-person training is usually preferable for earning experience, which is why many online business degree programs encourage online learners to apply for internships. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s degree programs or MBAs with emphases in either Actuarial Science, Statistics, or Risk Management.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.80%
  • Median Salary: $97,070
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 4,400

20

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers are public contractors whose job is to design, build, and maintain large public works projects such as dams, roads, and sports stadiums. They participate in all sectors of the industrial landscape, from structural, to environmental, to transportational, and they often work in a studio setting with architects, small-scale designers, and construction personnel. Civil Engineers must hold a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering, and many pursue graduate study for a Master’s of Civil Engineering, both of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required, although a number of Civil Engineering degree programs encourage students to apply for internships that are close to the online learner’s location in order to gain practical experience on the job. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Civil Engineering.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.50%
  • Median Salary: $82,220
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 23,600

21

Database Administrator

Database Administrators are IT specialists whose job is to maintain the infrastructure surrounding an organization’s databases. They are an integral part of technical support teams that often resolve issues with network security, new software, and hardware malfunctions, as well as data storage and data access across organizational boundaries. Database Administrators usually hold a bachelor’s in Information Technology or Data Management, both of which are available online. They also usually have a wealth of resolving an organization’s technical problems related to security and accessibility. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in Information Technology and Data Management encourage online learners to apply for internships close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Information Technology and Data Management.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.00%
  • Median Salary: $81,710
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 13,400

22

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineers are public contractors and sustainability advisors whose job is to help design, build, and maintain environmentally friendly public works projects that comply with environmental laws. They often use a complex set of technologies to help their clients meet the challenges associated with sustainable engineering. Like their counterparts in civil engineering, they work in studio settings with architects, small-scale designers, and construction personnel, but they also might spend a lot of time in rural and urban areas that are being developed. Environmental Engineers must hold a Bachelor’s in Engineering, and many pursue graduate study for a Master’s of Environmental Engineering, both of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required, which is why a number of Environmental Engineering degree programs encourage students to apply for internships that are close to the online learner’s location in order to gain practical experience on the job. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online programs in Environmental Engineering.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.80%
  • Median Salary: $84,560
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 6,800

23

Statistician

Statisticians are sociological and mathematical professionals whose job is to study the patterns and trends for a given set of data. They perform conduct in-depth research and mathematical analyses of topics as varied and diverse as medical treatments, marketing demographics, and company sales, as well as write reports, and provide supplemental knowledge for their employers to make informed executive decisions. Statisticians must hold Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics or Analytics, and many pursue graduate study for a Master’s or Doctorate of Applied Statistics or Analytics, all of which are offered online. In-person training is rarely required for these programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Statistics and related fields.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.80%
  • Median Salary: $80,110
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 10,100

24

Mathematician


Mathematicians are professional problem solvers whose job is to use their advanced skills with numbers and number theories to help members of almost every industry. They perform complex mathematical equations for the purpose of applying them for solving real-world problems in the medical and private scientific research communities. Like statisticians, they also write reports and provide supplemental knowledge for their employers to make informed executive decisions. Mathematicians usually hold Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Applied Statistics, each of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these programs, although on-the-job experience is usually recommended. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Mathematics, Statistics, and related fields.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.80%
  • Median Salary: $111,110
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 700

25

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapists, officially known as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), are specialized physical therapists who have the job of helping people learn how to recover the function of their heart and lungs. They use a complex set of medical technologies to measure and improve a patient’s respiration, and they often work in a hospital setting within a team environment, as well as with family medical doctors and healthcare providers, to ensure a patient is breathing and living comfortably. Respiratory Therapists must hold at least an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy, and many go on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Occupational or Respiratory Therapy, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually required for CPR and other certifications, but a number of undergraduate programs in respiratory therapy allow online learners to perform in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online programs in Respiratory Therapy.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.60%
  • Median Salary: $57,790
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 14,900

26

Management Analyst

Management Analysts are company researchers whose job is to oversee and maintain the smooth operation of a business’s managers. They typically work in office settings to solve logistical problems that could hinder the large scale workflows of a small, medium, and large companies, military branches, and governmental organizations. Management Analysts must hold a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field such as Public Administration, Business Administration, or Finance, and many pursue a Master’s of Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually preferable for gaining experience that can be articulated toward earning a job, which is why many online Business Administration programs encourage online learners to apply for internships, which might be close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in Public or Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.20%
  • Median Salary: $81,320
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 103,400

27

Accountant

Accountants are financial reporting professionals whose job is to perform calculations for organizations and companies across broad spectrum of industries. They often work in traditional office settings to keep track of financial records such as sales and expense reports, product inventory, and company taxes. Accountants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and many pursue graduate study for a Master of Accountancy (MAcc), both of which are offered online. All accountants should possess registration as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which requires an examination for which the bachelor’s degree will prepare them. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Over 100 accredited schools offer online programs in Accounting.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.50%
  • Median Salary: $67,190
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 142,400

28

Marketing Manager

Marketing Managers are PR professionals whose job is to coordinate various promotions and advertisements for companies and organizations in every industry. They often work in office settings where they manage teams of marketers who work to research different markets, communicate between departments, and devise viable strategies to improve both sales and the organization’s reputation. Marketing Managers typically hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and many pursue graduate work for a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, all of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Over 100 accredited schools offer online programs in Marketing.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.80%
  • Median Salary: $128,750
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 18,200

29

Financial Analyst

Financial Analysts are investment professionals whose job is to perform financial research for their employers. They often draw up market forecasts, perform cost-benefit analysis, and recommend investment strategies for the maximum benefit of their companies and clients. Financial Analysts must hold a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Management, Accounting, or Business Administration, all of which are offered online. Financial Analysts at some of the larger financial firms go on to pursue MBAs, which are also offered online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Such internships can often be completed some place close to the online learner’s location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Finance, Management, Accounting, and Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.10%
  • Median Salary: $80,310
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 32,300

30

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants, officially known as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA), are physical therapist aides who have the job of helping people learn how to perform the day-to-day activities of their lives and jobs to the best of their abilities. They oversee and administer the treatments that Occupational Therapists assign to their patients in order to ensure the patient is maximally healthy. Occupational Therapy Assistants must hold at least an Associate’s in a field directly related to Occupational or Physical Therapy, and many hold a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy, all of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of undergraduate programs in occupational therapy allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online programs in Occupational Therapy.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.60%
  • Median Salary: $57,870
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 14,100

31

Sales Manager

Sales Managers are retail professionals whose job is to supervise day-to-day product sales in practically every industry. They often work in office settings where they manage teams of salespeople who work to pitch their company’s products, communicate with customers and, and work with marketing to devise viable promotional strategies that improve the organization’s product, reputation, and bottom line. Sales Managers typically hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Finance, or Business Administration and many pursue graduate work for a Master’s in Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Over 100 accredited schools offer online programs in Marketing, Finance, and Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.80%
  • Median Salary: $113,860
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 19,000

32

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathologists are language therapists whose job is to work with adults and children on improving their speech and reading comprehension. They often work in a schools, hospitals, or specialized clinical settings where they help patients overcome lisps, stuttering, dyslexia and a number of other disorders that prevent people from communicating like their peers. Speech-Language Pathologists usually hold Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, and many pursue graduate study for a Master’s of Speech Pathology, both of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required for these degree programs, and internship or assistantship experience is usually recommended. Around 10 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.80%
  • Median Salary: $73,410
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 28,900

33

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineers can be both public and private contractors who have the job of designing, building, and maintaining mechanical devices such as trains, cars, and airplanes. They participate in all sectors of the industrial landscape, from structural, to environmental, to transportational, and they often work in a factory settings with other designers and executive personnel. Mechanical Engineers must hold a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering, and many pursue graduate study for a Master’s of Science in Engineering, both of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required, although a number of Mechanical Engineering degree programs encourage students to apply for internships that are close to the online learner’s location in order to gain practical experience on the job. Over 100 accredited schools offer online programs in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.60%
  • Median Salary: $83,590
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 14,600

34

Paramedic

Paramedics are emergency responders whose job is to perform the duty of delivering 911 medical treatment to members of their local and regional communities. They work on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams to cooperate with firefighters and police officers and ensure the survival of the citizens within their coverage areas, often providing live-saving information to doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical community. Paramedics must have at least a high school diploma and CPR certification. Some EMS teams like their officers to have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s in Emergency Medical Services, which is available online. In-person training is sometimes required for the completion of coursework for these degrees, namely the CPR certification. Some online EMS programs provide benefits for military personnel. Around 10 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Emergency Medical Services.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.30%
  • Median Salary: $31,980
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 58,500

35

High School Teacher

High School Teachers are educators whose job is to instruct students in society’s most fundamental areas of study. They work in public and private high schools to proctor exams, assess student work, coach sports, and prepare students to enter the workforce or apply for college with a high school diploma. High School Teachers must hold a Bachelor’s in Education degree or the subject area they teach, and many pursue a Master’s in Teaching (MAT) with specializations in their subject area, both of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although experience as a teaching assistant is usually recommended. Over 20 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Teaching and Education.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.00%
  • Median Salary: $57,200
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 55,900

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Market Research Analyst

Marketing Research Analysts are PR specialists whose job is to design and orchestrate research projects on tapped and untapped audiences that their Marketing Manager might target. They often work in office settings where they are part of a team of marketers who research different markets, communicate between departments, and devise viable strategies to boost the organization’s reputation. Marketing Research Analysts typically hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and many pursue graduate work for a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Market Research, all of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although internship experience is usually recommended. Over 100 accredited schools offer online programs in Marketing.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.10%
  • Median Salary: $62,150
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 92,300

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Construction Manager

Construction Managers are supervisors of the construction of buildings and other structures that make up society’s infrastructure. They work in both the public and private sectors to build office buildings, houses, sidewalks, and other roadways for clients from every industry, and they often work alongside engineers, architects, and government contractors to accomplish their goals. Although experience is all that is usually necessary to do the job, Construction Managers sometimes hold either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s in Construction Management, both of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, although apprenticeship experience is usually recommended. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Construction Management.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.50%
  • Median Salary: $87,400
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 17,800

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Operations Research Analyst

Operations Research Analysts are company workflow specialists whose job is to research how they might operate a business better. They typically work in office settings to solve logistical problems that could hinder the large scale workflows of a small, medium, and large companies, usually ones with products to distribute. Operations Research Analysts must hold a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field such as Business Administration and Supply Chain Management, and some pursue a Master’s of Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually preferable for gaining experience that can be articulated toward earning a job, which is why many online programs in Business Administration encourage online learners to apply for internships, which might be close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.60%
  • Median Salary: $78,630
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 27,600

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Marriage and Family Therapist

Marriage and Family Therapists are specialized mental healthcare professionals who counsel couples and individual family members as they learn how to address and overcome issues in their personal relationships. Marriage and Family Therapists work closely with couples, parents, and children to help all members of a social unit work through issues with depression, substance abuse, and other mental illness in order to improve the overall mental health of the family. Marriage and Family Therapists must hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and pursue graduate study for a masters or doctorate of Marriage and Family Counseling, all of which are available online. In-person training is often requested in the form of clinical internships, although some programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved educational facility or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 schools offer online degree programs in Psychology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 0.60%
  • Median Salary: $48,600
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 5,000

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Computer Systems Administrator

Computer Systems Administrators are programmers whose job is to assist the Computer Network Architect and IT Manager as they maintain an organization’s computational infrastructure. They usually work in an office setting to perform many of the same duties as IT Managers and security analysts, and their job often involves testing both wired and wireless computer networks for maximum efficiency and operability. Computer Systems Administrators usually hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Information Technology, both of which are offered online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in software development allow online learners to work remotely. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in either Computer Science or Information Technology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.10%
  • Median Salary: $77,810
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 30,200

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Cost Estimator

Cost Estimators are financial analysts whose job is to perform the essential task of assessing the cost of a particular project or investment. They often work in every industry as accountants in an office setting, where they ensure that their employer can afford to purchase a new factory, piece of technology, or real estate plot. Although a high school diploma is all that’s required, Cost Estimators usually hold Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration, all of which are available online. In-person training is usually preferable for earning experience, which is why many online business degree programs encourage online learners to apply for internships. Over 100 accredited schools offer online bachelor’s degree program with emphases in either Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.70%
  • Median Salary: $60,390
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 18,700

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Computer Support Specialist

Computer Support Specialists are assistants to the IT Manager whose job is to maintain and improve an organization’s computer infrastructure. They are part of technical support teams that work to troubleshoot and resolve users’ compatibility issues with security, new software, and new hardware, as well as with data storage and data access. Although experience is usually all that is required for this job, Computer Support Specialists sometimes hold a bachelor’s in Information Technology or Computer Science, both of which are offered online. In-person training is rarely required for these degree programs, but some bachelor’s programs in Information Technology and Computer Science encourage online learners to apply for internships close to the online learner’s home or current location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Information Technology and Computer Science.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
  • Median Salary: $62,250
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 88,800

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Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists are expert medical technology operators whose job is to use x-ray technology and other medical equipment to conduct observations of medical patients. They interpret the results of these observations to patients and consult with radiologists for treatment of any prevailing issues. Most work at local or regional hospitals and clinics and family medicine. Radiologic Technologists must hold a Bachelor of Science in Radiology or Medical Technology, which are available online, and some pursue graduate medical study for additional certifications. In-person training is often required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of medical programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Over 50 accredited schools offer online degree programs in either Radiology or Medical Technology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.40%
  • Median Salary: $56,670
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 17,200

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Web Developer

Web Developers are computer scientists whose job is to create and maintain websites for people to access on their laptops, smartphones, and other computational devices. They often know a host of coding languages and work in an office setting to provide maintenance for existing stacks of code that depend on a whole host of other coded networks for their operability. Software developers usually hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Programming, or Information Technology, all of which are offered online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation for these degree programs, but a large number of bachelor’s programs related to web development allow online learners to work remotely. Over 50 accredited schools offer online programs in Computer Science, Programming, or Information Technology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.60%
  • Median Salary: $64,970
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 39,500

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Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Workers, officially known as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), are mental health care professionals whose job is to provide counseling and help treat mental health disorders by applying their knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Traditionally, Clinical Social Workers have worked in hospitals, clinics, and other public rehabilitation centers, but many now operate private practices as well. In order to qualify for licensure, Clinical Social Workers must hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Work or Psychology, and many also pursue graduate study for a Master of Social Work (MSW), all of which are available online. In-person training is often requested in the form of clinical internships, although some degree programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s home or current location. Greater than 20 schools offer online degrees programs in Social Work or Psychology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 2.10%
  • Median Salary: $52,380
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 30,900

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Industrial Psychologist

Industrial Psychologists are specialized clinical and research psychologists whose job is to help businesses find ways to maximally benefit operation workflows and employee well-being. They often work in an office setting to design and implement company-wide research that can help both diagnose and treat issues of productivity and overall employee mental health. Industrial Psychologists must hold at least a Bachelor’s of Psychology and a Master’s of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, while many also pursue postgraduate study for a Doctor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, all of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of online degree programs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Over 20 accredited schools offer online programs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.20%
  • Median Salary: $77,350
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 400

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Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technicians are expert medical technology operators whose job is to conduct medical testing of sampled specimens within laboratory and hospital settings. They interpret and convey the results of these observations to medical diagnosticians and consult with relevant specialists to relay information that might help in the treatment of any prevailing diseases. Most work at local or regional hospitals and clinics and family medicine. Clinical Laboratory Technicians must hold either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology, both of which are available online. In-person training is sometimes required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of medical programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Over 30 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Medical Technology

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.90%
  • Median Salary: $38,970
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 29,000

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MRI Technologist

MRI Technologists are expert medical technology operators whose job is to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology and other medical equipment to conduct observations of medical patients. They interpret the results of these observations to patients and consult with relevant specialists for treatment of any prevailing issues. Most work at local or regional hospitals and clinics and family medicine. MRI Technologists often hold an Associate’s or a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology, which are available online, and all must pursue a certification to operate MRI technology. In-person training is often required for clinicals and sometimes for orientation, but a large number of medical programs allow online learners to perform clinicals in an approved hospital or clinical setting that is close to the online learner’s location. Over 30 accredited schools offer online degree programs in Medical Technology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 1.40%
  • Median Salary: $67,720
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 3,500

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Information Security Analyst

Information Security Analysts are security professionals whose job is to be part of a team of monitors that ensure an organization’s network security. They usually work in an office setting to perform many of the same duties as IT Managers and Network Architects, and their job usually involves testing both wired and wireless computer networks for holes that other hackers might penetrate, exploit, and harm their organization. Information Security Analysts usually hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, both of which are offered online. In-person training is sometimes required for orientation, but a large number of bachelor’s programs in software development allow online learners to work remotely. Hundreds of accredited schools offer online programs in either Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. For a more specialized degree, check out a bachelors or masters in information assurance or cyber security. Consult this amazing guide to preparing for a career in cyber security for more information.

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
  • Median Salary: $90,120
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 14,800

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Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineers are public and private contractors whose job is to design, build, and maintain new and old ways of extracting oil and natural gas from the earth’s various geological formations. Most work for oil companies and in the oil fields, although some work in research settings such as university campuses. Petroleum Engineers must hold a Bachelor’s of Engineering or Geology, and some pursue graduate study for a Master’s of Engineering or Geology, both of which are available online. In-person training is rarely required, although a number of Engineering degree programs encourage students to apply for internships that are close to the online learner’s location in order to gain practical experience on the job. Greater than 10 accredited schools offer online programs in Engineering or Geology.

  • Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
  • Median Salary: $129,990
  • Projected Openings in the Next 10 Years: 3,400

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