Online Trade Schools & Colleges

Online Trade Schools and CollegesDistance learning and online schools can help you make a change in your life. You can obtain the education you want while holding down a full-time job, raising a family, or keeping up with the numerous other responsibilities that have been holding you back. Online learning lets you skip the commute and the class schedules and focus on your studies when it's convenient for you.

Through one of these colleges or trade schools, you can open the door to an almost limitless selection of online programs and education levels. From vocational trades to health care training and business programs, and everything in between, there is a distance learning program designed to help you achieve your career goals. What you can learn from a distance is truly remarkable—you can even get electrician training online!

If you find yourself wondering, "But what if I can't find the program I want offered at a college near me?", then online programs are an especially smart choice. Online learning has evolved in recent years thanks to increasing access to the Internet, which means that your learning experience comes with plenty of support. Tutors, timely access to faculty, student chat rooms, and electronic textbooks are all features that can help you get the most out of your education.

Your options for attending school online are growing by the day. If you're considering this as a route to a post-secondary degree, or just want to supplement your existing education, you are in very good company. Start your education journey right now by finding the right school for you. Or, if you're looking for a bit more information about online training first, this article can provide an excellent place to begin.

Online schools are going mainstream. So explore these education resources, then get going. There's so much to learn!

Online Education Information



Featured Schools

Ashford University

  • English Language Learner Studies
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • English
  • English Language Learner Studies
  • History
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Leadership
  • Consumer and Family Financial Services
  • eMarketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Information Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Operations Management and Analysis
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations and Marketing
    • Information Systems
    • International Management
    • Project Management
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate Studies
  • Service Management
    • Hospitality Enterprise
    • Mass-Market Retail Enterprise Management
    • Non-Profit Enterprise
    • Restaurant Enterprise Management
  • Sports and Recreation Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Communication Studies
  • eMarketing
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Relations and Marketing
    • Information Systems
    • International Management
    • Project Management
  • Sports and Recreation Management
    • Marketing
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Psychology
  • Restaurant Enterprise Management
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
    • Infant and Toddler Care
    • Administration
    • Administration - Infant and Toddler Care
  • English
  • Education Studies
  • English Language Learner Studies
  • Instructional Design
  • Library Science and Media
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • English
  • Liberal Arts
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Complementary and Alternative Health
  • Gerontology
  • Health and Human Services
    • Health Care Informatics Systems
    • Long-Term Care Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Education
  • Health Information Management
  • Psychology
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Health and Human Services
    • Long-Term Care Management
  • Psychology
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Social and Criminal Justice
    • Corrections Management
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Homeland Security
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Sports and Recreation Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
  • Service Management
    • Hospitality Enterprise
    • Restaurant Enterprise Management


San Joaquin Valley College Online

  • Construction Management
  • Business Administration (Accounting)
  • Business Administration (Management)
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Information Technology:
    • Database Administration
    • Networking
    • Security
    • Web Development
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Construction Management


Platt College

  • Veterinary Technology (Online)


Salem International University

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration:
    • Accounting
    • Applied Management
    • Engineering Management
    • Finance
    • Health Care Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Sports Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Sports Management
  • Computer Science:
    • Data Science
    • Software Development
  • Information Technology:
    • Cybersecurity
    • Enterprise Network Management
  • Education
  • Biology - Physiology and Exercise Science
  • Business Administration - Health Care Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation
  • Business Administration - Sports Management
  • Sports Management


Brookline College

  • Health Care Administration
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
  • Nursing - RN to BSN
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Nursing - RN to BSN


Independence University

  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
    • Asset Management
    • Human Resources
    • New Media Marketing
    • Technology
  • Business Management & Accounting
  • Health Information Management
  • Business Administration
    • New Media Marketing
  • Web Design and Development
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design
  • Graphic Arts
  • Web Design and Development
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Specialties
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design
  • Graphic Arts
  • Web Design and Development


Laurus College


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  • IT & Network Systems
  • Web Design
  • Digital Arts & Computer Animation
  • Web Design
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Digital Arts & Computer Animation
  • Web Design


Post University

  • Psychology
  • Psychology / Organizational Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Entrepreneurship
    • International Business
  • Finance / Corporate Finance
  • Finance / Personal Financial Banking
  • Forensic Accounting
  • H.R. Management
  • Human Services / Human Services Management
  • International Business Administration
  • Management
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Management
    • Sport Management
  • Marketing
    • International Marketing
    • Sales Management
  • Sport Management
  • Marketing
    • International Marketing
    • Sales Management
  • Business Administration
    • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Information Systems: Computer Networking
  • Management
    • Computer Information Systems
  • Human Services
    • Counseling
  • Psychology
    • Human Development, Education and Health
    • Organizational Psychology
  • Child Studies
  • Human Services
    • Health and Community Services
    • Psychology - Health, Education, and Community Services
  • Psychology
    • Human Development, Education and Health
    • Organizational Psychology
  • Human Services
    • Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
    • Health and Community Services
    • Health Education and Community Services
    • Human Services Management
  • Psychology
    • Human Development, Education and Health
    • Organizational Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Human Services
    • Criminal Justice
  • Management
  • Paralegal (Legal Studies)
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
    • Human Development, Education and Health
    • Organizational Psychology
  • Management
    • Sport Management


Allen School of Health Sciences

  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding


National American University

  • Health and Beauty Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration Emphasis in
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Business Logistics
  • Health and Beauty Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Information Technology Emphasis in Management Information Systems
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Staff Services Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business Management
  • Business Administration Emphasis in
    • Marketing
  • Business Administration Emphasis in
    • Information Systems
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Information Technology Emphasis in
    • Computer Security and Forensics
    • Internet Systems Development
    • Management Information Systems
    • Network Management/Microsoft
  • Network and Server Administrator
  • Electronic Health Record Support Specialist
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Coding
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Staff Services Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration Emphasis in
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management


Pinnacle Career Institute - Online

  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician


Full Sail University

  • Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Media Communications
  • Music Business
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Media Communications
  • Sports Marketing and Media
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Computer Animation
  • Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Game Art
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Communications
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Design & Development
  • Audio Production
  • Computer Animation
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Game Art
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Communications
  • Mobile Development
  • Music Business
  • Music Production
  • Web Design & Development
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Music Business
  • Music Production


Grand Canyon University

  • English for Secondary Education
  • Christian Studies with an Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Global Ministry
    • Philosophy
    • Worship Leadership
    • Youth Ministry
  • Communications
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting
  • Elementary Education
  • English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing
  • Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy
  • History
  • History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • History with an Emphasis in Public History
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Advertising and Public Relations with an Emphasis in Advertising Design
  • Accounting
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Applied Business Information Systems
  • Applied Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Intelligence
  • Business Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance and Economics
  • Health Care Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Sports Management
  • Advertising and Public Relations with an Emphasis in Advertising Design
  • Communications
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting
  • English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing
  • Marketing
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Communications
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting
  • Business for Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure)
  • Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language
  • Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
  • Elementary Education
  • English for Secondary Education
  • History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Math for Secondary Education
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Justice Studies
  • Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Communications
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation
  • Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production
  • Digital Film with an Emphasis in Screenwriting
  • Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
  • Christian Studies with an Emphasis in
    • Biblical Studies
    • Global Ministry
    • Philosophy
    • Worship Leadership
    • Youth Ministry
  • Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Hospitality Management


Penn Foster Career School

  • High School
  • High School with a Concentration in Information Technology
  • Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Certified Wedding Planner
  • Hotel / Restaurant Management
  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Small Business Management
  • Travel/Tourism Specialist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Basic Electronics
  • Computer Support Technician
  • High School with a Concentration in Information Technology
  • PC Maintenance and Repair
  • Caterer
  • Hotel / Restaurant Management
  • AutoCAD
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Dressmaking & Design
  • Floral Design
  • Freelance Writer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Jewelry Design and Repair
  • Landscaping Technology
  • Web Page Designer
  • Child Care Professional
  • Teacher Aide
  • Wildlife & Forestry Conservation
  • Dressmaking & Design
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Transcriptionist
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Web Page Designer
  • Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor
  • Appliance Repair
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Furniture & Cabinet Maker
  • Gunsmith
  • Home Inspector
  • Landscaping Technology
  • Locksmithing
  • Plumber
  • Residential Electrician
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Physical Therapy Aide


Stratford Career Institute

  • High School
  • Spanish as a Second Language
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Art
  • Child Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Photography
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Motorcycle/ATV Repair
  • Beauty Care
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant/Secretary
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Contractor/Construction Management
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Wedding Consultant
  • Creative Writing
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Training
  • Child Psychology
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
  • Relaxation Therapist
  • Cooking and Catering
  • Dental Assistant
  • Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Drafting with AutoCAD
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Interior Decorating
  • Photography
  • Sewing and Dressmaking
  • Video Game Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Conservation/Environmental Sciences
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Sewing and Dressmaking
  • Child Psychology
  • Dental Assistant
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Health Care Aide
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Natural Health Consultant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Relaxation Therapist
  • Child Psychology
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist
  • Health Care Aide
  • Relaxation Therapist
  • Forensic Science
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Security and Police Sciences
  • Photography
  • Video Game Design
  • Funeral Service Education
  • Health Care Aide
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Contractor/Construction Management
  • Drafting with AutoCAD
  • Electrician
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Motorcycle/ATV Repair
  • Plumbing
  • Professional Locksmith
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Child Psychology
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Travel and Tourism


Ashworth College

  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Sport Psychology for Peak Performance
  • Automotive Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Gourmet Cooking and Catering
  • Property Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Tax Preparation
  • Travel Agent
  • Wedding Planner
  • Accounting Basics
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Service & Repair
  • Gourmet Cooking and Catering
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management
  • Floral Design
  • Interior Decorating
  • Landscape Design
  • AutoCAD
  • Graphic Design
  • Teacher Assisting
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Sport Psychology for Peak Performance
  • Sport Psychology for Peak Performance
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Private Investigation
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Carpentry
  • Electrician Training
  • Gunsmithing
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Landscape Design
  • Locksmithing
  • Plumbing
  • Automotive Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Sport Psychology for Peak Performance



Online Schools: 4 Factors to Consider

Online career training optionsOnline schools are growing at an astonishing rate.

Online education is such a popular option because it allows you to learn at your own pace while balancing work, family, and social commitments. You can even earn your high school diploma online. But with so many institutions now offering online delivery, how do you choose a school and program that fits your goals? And what are the key actions to take if you want to succeed in an online environment?

According to survey data gathered in 2013, the percentage of U.S. higher education students who took at least one online course was at an all-time high—33.5 percent. In fact, that translates to 7.1 million students in 2013, up 6.1 percent from 2012. In addition, 90 percent of academic leaders believe that, within five years, it is likely or very likely that most post-secondary students will be enrolled in at least one online course. *

These numbers mean you will have more schools to choose from and more programs to consider. So, to help you find the distance learning option that best meets your needs, here are four suggestions to keep in mind as you focus your search.

1. Look Into How the Courses Are Structured

Streaming video and virtual classrooms are popular tools. But different online schools may take advantage of different formats. So, when doing your research, look for tutorials or "test drives." Many schools and colleges, through their websites, offer students the chance to preview their online educational experiences.

This might be especially important for particular fields of study. For example, business administration programs may rely heavily on group projects. That means the school should make it easy for students to contact each other via email or live chatting so that they can quickly divide coursework.

Delivery is another important word to remember. Try to find out whether programs are delivered exclusively online or through a combination of mediums like print, video conferencing, or CD-ROM. Ask about the nature of group work, too, since some schools may encourage students to meet in person.

2. Go Over the Technical Requirements

Technology can change quickly, so ensure that you have the hardware and software required for a particular online program. It's also a good idea to make sure that round-the-clock technical support will be just a click or call away.

Compare the specs of your home computer with the technical requirements listed on school websites. That way, you'll know whether you need any upgrades. And remember: many powerful software applications and technologies are free. So a school that uses them will help you stay up-to-date without needing to spend a bundle. OpenOffice for word processing, QuickTime for video, and Adobe Acrobat for document sharing are just a few basic examples.

3. Determine How Accessible the Staff and Resources Are

Taking courses onlineFind out how easy it is to reach the people who will be evaluating you. Look for instructor email links, toll-free phone numbers, and scheduled office hours. At many schools, professors and instructors answer questions and engage in group discussions or online chat during set hours.

That goes for teaching assistants too. Many professors and instructors enlist assistants to grade assignments and lead discussion groups. You'll want access to those important resources.

And since online schools allow you to study during day or night, it's helpful to be able to take advantage of support resources at times that fit your schedule. You may not be able to speak with an instructor at 3 a.m., but access to online libraries might make completing your assignments easier.

4. Make Sure You Have the Commitment

Sure, you can attend class in your bathrobe from your couch. But are you disciplined enough to thrive? Online schools allow you to learn at your own pace and avoid commutes. But you still have to do your part by ensuring that you have enough time in your week to complete assignments before you enroll.

Also, make sure you can create a good learning environment at home or wherever you'll choose to study. Family and friends need to know that you require alone time with no distractions.

Never Be Afraid to Continue Learning

If you're a self-starter, disciplined, dedicated, and understand the importance of time management, then you'll make a good student. These characteristics are important regardless of whether you pursue an education online or on a campus. So, are you set to begin making your goals come to fruition? Use this moment to search for an online school that offers what you need to move ahead!



Are Online Degrees Worth It? 5 Valued Traits of Online Grads

Online DegreesIt's a question still asked by many: "Are online degrees worth it?" Happily, the answer is increasingly, "Yes!"

Of course, like all good things, online education has had its own share of growing pains, which is probably why some people still wonder about it. Plus, the students who benefit most from it are the ones who know what to look for. They understand that not all online schools are created equal, so they seek out the accredited options.

For instance, it's generally a good idea to make sure that the school you choose has accreditation from one or more agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. That way, you'll know that your school has met respected quality standards, which is important for your confidence as well as for the confidence of your potential employers.


Why Online Learning Is Widely Accepted

Aside from accreditation, are online degrees respected for any other reasons? Again, the answer is often, "Yes." In fact, degrees and other credentials from online programs have gained a lot of mainstream acceptance. Why? Consider these facts:

  • Online learning is just as effective as traditional face-to-face instruction (according to a meta-analysis of research studies conducted between 1996 and 2008).**
  • In 2014, more than 74 percent of American academic leaders rated online learning outcomes as being the same as those from conventional classroom learning, if not better.***
  • As of 2014, almost 71 percent of all degree-granting schools that are active and open to the public offer some online or distance-learning programs.***

So online degrees from accredited institutions are widely accepted by many kinds of employers now. You no longer have to ask, "Are online degrees worth anything?" or "Are online degrees taken seriously?" In most cases, they are. After all, this type of convenient and flexible education isn't just a passing trend; it's a major aspect of today's learning and career-training landscape. And it's also proving to have some real advantages for many online graduates.

For example, earning an online degree demonstrates that you might have a lot of positive traits that employers often want. It gives you the opportunity to actively promote marketable traits such as:

1. Excellent Time Management Skills

Being able to complete an online or distance-learning course of study shows that you know how to balance different tasks and priorities. That's especially true if you're like many other people who've chosen this route. A lot of online students have multiple commitments to juggle, such as work and family responsibilities.

Plus, online programs generally have few, if any, regular class meeting times. So attaining success requires the ability to manage your own time productively—on a schedule that you set. That's why it can be a clear indication that you have what it takes to do the same thing on the job, if required.

2. Self-Discipline and Motivation

Many organizations love to hire self-starters, the kind of people who don't need to be micro-managed or told what to do all the time. They want dedicated employees who have the willpower to get their jobs done on their own as well as the ability to persist through challenges when necessary.

It's why online grads are often seen as appealing job candidates. Since they've frequently had busy lives and other commitments outside of school, they've needed plenty of self-motivation to achieve their educational goals. In fact, in 2014, over 68 percent of America's academic leaders agreed that succeeding in online courses requires more discipline than succeeding in classroom-based courses.*** That's a point you can sell to potential employers.

3. Good Online Collaboration Skills

Just like the Internet enables you to learn online, it also enables professionals in different locations to work with each other. As a result, a lot of companies and institutions are major users of online communications tools. Many of them have employees who work remotely or whole teams that are scattered across multiple regions. In short, much of today's work world has gone virtual, and it's a trend that's likely to keep gaining momentum well into the future.

But not everyone has experience using Web-based collaboration tools at that level. So people who've gone to school online often have an edge since they've had the chance to practice that type of communication using apps and platforms designed for successful collaboration.

4. Up-to-Date Computer Literacy

As amazing as it may seem, many career seekers simply don't have basic computer skills. And even those who do are sometimes a little behind the times. But for a huge percentage of job opportunities, a working familiarity with current computer technology is a requirement. After all, employers don't typically want to spend time teaching their new hires something that basic. So being a graduate of an online program provides some proof that you already know how to use a computer and can learn tech-related skills that might be new to you.

5. The Ability to Learn Independently

People who are resourceful and able to teach themselves new concepts and skills tend to achieve more success. That's why this trait is so highly valued in the professional world. Organizations can be more nimble and respond to changes more quickly if they have employees who can learn new things without a lot of extra guidance.

Learning online gives students more space and independence to develop that kind of resourcefulness. Plus, it gives them more opportunities to pause and reflect on what they're studying, which naturally builds their capacity for independent learning. As a result, many smart employers consider the inclusion of online degrees on resumes to be evidence of this beneficial trait.


Get Your Online Education Underway

Web-based learning clearly has advantages—maybe even some you've never thought about. So, are online degrees worth it? That depends on you. Why not explore several online schools that offer respected programs? Or search for the options that can provide you with a convenient education where you live by entering your zip code right now!



* Babson Survey Research Group, Pearson, and the Sloan Consortium, Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States, website accessed June 3, 2015.

** U.S. Department of Education, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, website last visited on July 6, 2015.

*** Babson Survey Research Group, Online Learning Consortium, Pearson, and Tyton Partners,Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, website last visited on July 6, 2015.