Online education is an investment. To help prospective students evaluate the return on investment (ROI) on the online degree programs they are considering, eLearners.com today announced that it has made salary guides for 30 different degree programs and career fields available. The guides not only discuss estimated earning potential, but also offer information about possible careers, skills learned and courses they can expect from programs such as online MBA, online psychology degrees and online history degree programs.
Research consistently finds that adults most often seek a degree for reasons related to career advancement. In fact, according to the eLearners.com May 2011 Aslanian eLearning Poll, 80 percent of respondents indicated their interest in online education had to do with their careers – most often either to advance in their current job or to gain skills and credentials to change careers.
To maximize ROI on their investment of time and money, before enrolling in an online college degree program, prospective students should do their homework to ensure they’ve selected a program that aligns with their career goals. In addition to the information available in the salary guides, eLearners.com has also compiled a list of must-ask questions those going back to school online should consider before picking a school or program. Prospective students should be sure to ask questions related to accreditation to ensure they’re looking at accredited online schools; financial aid, tuition and fees so they have a complete picture of what out of pocket costs they’d be incurring; and student services to get a sense of what support services are available to help them succeed.
Further, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released information on the fastest growing – and declining – career fields, which will further assist prospective students as they make a decision about which degree programs will provide the greatest ROI. For example, earning a healthcare degree, an information technology degree or a degree in education, will likely continue to offer significant ROI as the BLS projects continued growth in these industry areas through 2018.
The salary guides for 30 degree programs and career fields are available for free on eLearners.com. Those interested in downloading the guides can visit http://www.elearners.com/guide/salary-guide-for-online-degree-programs.asp.
To learn more about online college degrees, courses and schools, prospective students should visit www.eLearners.com.