Online degree for career changes

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by drewdarnell, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. drewdarnell

    drewdarnell Member

    With the economy the way that it is and with more people looking to make a change to a career that may be more stable than their current position, I thought it would be both fun and useful if we could compile a list of online degrees/certificates that could help a person switch to a new career/profession.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    There are two choices that come to me almost immediately. The first is a teaching certificate. You can have a Bachelors in almost anything and then you just need to take a few education courses, get through a student teaching gig and voila you're ready for a job as a public school teacher. As I understand it, if you've got a Math background you become an attractive catch. Next, I'd say look at an MBA. It almost doesn't matter what your background is, earning an MBA bumps you up into another bracket. Plus, there are lots of specializations or you can go generic.

    There are so many places offering Education courses or MBA degrees that I'm not going to link to any specific programs.
  3. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Getting a masters degree in library and information science will let you switch careers to working in a library.
  4. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Some Ideas...

    • Veterinary Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Teacher
    • Engineer (tough, but not impossible)
    • Librarian
    • Just about any IT field
    • Public Health professional
    • Accountant
  5. JimLane

    JimLane New Member

    Or allow you to work in the information consulting industry or as a researcher in a lot of other places.


  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Is there such a thing as an online degree that is not for career changers? (Braces himself, awaiting the "would you like fries with that" jokes.)
  7. Sowak777

    Sowak777 New Member

    Depending on your state and if you have an accredited bachelor's degree, I would opt for alternative certification:

  8. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I have seen MFA degrees in creative writing available via distance. It's hard to imagine that would lead directly to a career change. You certainly don't need a degree to be a writer.
  9. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I interpret the question as "What degrees can be used for multiple career areas?; my list would include:

    Mathematics (teaching, engineering, statistics, research, finance, government)

    Quality Assurance (manufacturing industry, service industry, teaching, research, consulting)

    Law (law, insurance, government, industry, teaching)
  10. tribilin80

    tribilin80 Member

  11. sentinel

    sentinel New Member

    He seems like quite the entrepreneur. :eek: It is one thing to be associated with an unaccredited institution but quite another to be associated with, or operate, a diploma mill.

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