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25 Best Online Degrees for 2019

Methodologies and Sources

METHODOLOGY

For this analysis, we ranked 190 online bachelor’s degrees. To be included in the ranking, each major had to:

  • Match to a corresponding code in the Classification of Instructional Programs
  • Be offered online at the bachelor’s level at five or more institutions

We scored each major on the following data points, using a 10-point scale and the weights specified:

  1. Annual median wage of each occupation matched to the major, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
  2. Annual 75th percentile wage of each occupation matched to the major, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
  3. No. of schools offering this degree online at the bachelor’s level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2016-17
  4. Average projected growth rate of all jobs matched to each major, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-26
  5. Total number of jobs projected in 10 years of all occupations matched to the major, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-26
  6. Percentage of industries employing the occupations matched to the major, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-26

Methodology Sources

  • 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Article Sources

All sources accessed March 2019

Online Education Ascends (Inside Higher Ed) https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/07/new-data-online-enrollments-grow-and-share-overall-enrollment

      • 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com
      • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
      • The College Board, https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/computer-information-sciences-information-science
      • The College Board, https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/computer-information-sciences-information-technology-project-management

DEGREE PROGRAM RESOURCES:

    • Athens State University, http://www.athens.edu/business/programs/accounting/
    • Ball State University, https://www.bsu.edu/ (multiple pages)
    • Bellevue University, https://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/bachelor/computer-information-systems-bs/
    • Boise State University, https://online.boisestate.edu/bachelors-degrees/nursing-rn-bs/
    • Buena Vista University Online, https://www.bvu.edu/online/programs/business-marketing
    • California Baptist University, https://www.cbuonline.edu/degrees/bachelor-of-arts-in-public-administration
    • California Baptist University Online, https://www.cbuonline.edu/degrees/bachelor-of-science-in-accounting
    • California Baptist University, https://calbaptist.edu/programs/bachelor-of-science-business-administration/courses
    • Charter College, https://www.chartercollege.edu/programs/information-technology/computer-information-systems-bs
    • Columbus State University, https://academics.columbusstate.edu/catalogs/current/reqs/coehp_m2bsn.php
    • Concordia University, Texas, http://www.concordia.edu/sitefiles/w3/program-sheets/ADM_ComputerScience_PS_17.pdf
    • Cornell CIS Information Science, https://infosci.cornell.edu/courses/list-info-sci-courses
    • Davenport University, https://www.davenport.edu/programs/business/bachelors-degree/international-business-bba
    • DePaul University, http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/Current%20Students/Pages/SplashCallout/BS%20IT%20Online.aspx
    • Drexel University Online, https://online.drexel.edu/online-degrees/healthcare-degrees/bs-hsa/index.aspx
    • Florida International University, https://fiuonline.fiu.edu/programs/online-undergraduate-degrees/bachelor-in-public-administration.php
    • Indiana State University, https://catalog.indstate.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=36&poid=5424&returnto=1058
    • John Brown University, https://catalog.jbu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=6&poid=283&returnto=549
    • Judson College, http://www.judson.edu/academics/academic-programs/social-sciences/psychology/
    • Limestone College, https://www.limestone.edu/academics/science/computer/programming
    • Michigan Technological University, https://www.mtu.edu/medical-informatics/what-is/
    • National University, https://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEngineeringAndTechnology/ComputerScienceAndInformationSystems/Programs/BSInformationTechnology.html
    • Northwood University, http://www.northwood.edu/academics/undergraduate/entrepreneurship/curriculum
    • Old Dominion University Online, https://online.odu.edu/programs/bachelor-in-computer-science
    • Oregon State University, http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/undergraduate/computer-science/
    • Penn State Behrend, http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-engineering/academic-programs/software-engineering
    • Prescott College, http://www.prescott.edu/academics/concentrations/critical-psychology
    • Regis University, http://www.regis.edu/CBE/Academics/Degrees-Programs/Undergraduate-Programs/BS-Marketing.aspx
    • Santa Clara University, https://www.scu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/chapter-4/UndergraduateDegrees.html
    • Southern New Hampshire University, https://www.snhu.edu/online-degrees/bachelors/bs-in-business-administration/public-administration
    • Strayer University, https://www.strayer.edu/ (multiple pages)
    • The University of Alabama, https://catalog.ua.edu/undergraduate/commerce-business-administration/
    • University of Advancing Technology, http://www.uat.edu/game-programming-degree
    • https://www.liberty.edu/online-at-liberty/bachelor-of-science-in-informatics-healthcare-informatics/
    • University of Colorado, https://www.colorado.edu/cmci/infoscience
    • UMassAmherst Isenberg School of Management, https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/programs/undergraduate/on-campus/majors/marketing
    • University of Mobile, https://umobile.edu/academics/school-of-business/business-administration/
    • University of Nebraska Omaha, https://catalog.unomaha.edu/undergraduate/college-information-science-technology/information-systems-quantitative-analysis/management-information-systems-bs/index.html#text
    • University of Nebraska Omaha, https://catalog.unomaha.edu/undergraduate/college-information-science-technology/information-systems-quantitative-analysis/management-information-systems-bs/index.html#requirementstext
    • University of Otago, https://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/bcom.html
    • University of Phoenix, http://www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs/technology/bachelors/bsit.html
    • Upper Iowa University, https://uiu.edu/academics/undergraduate/software-engineering.html
    • UWA Online, https://online.uwa.edu/online-degrees/bba-bachelor-business-administration/
    • Webber International University, https://webber.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/undergraduate-finance/
    • Western Governors University, https://www.wgu.edu/online_it_degrees/information_technology_degree_security
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OD Best Online Degrees 2018

If you're thinking about earning a bachelor's degree online, you'll be interested to know that distance education is more accessible and popular than ever. While overall college enrollment declined slightly in 2017, the number of students taking college classes online increased. The number of American students who were enrolled exclusively online grew from 14.7 percent in 2016 to 15.4 percent in 2017 (Inside Higher Ed). Online education often appeals to recent high school graduates, adults returning to college after a break, and working adults looking to change careers.

Before you invest time, effort and money toward an online degree, you may want to know which degrees have the best career prospects. To answer that question, we analyzed 190 online bachelor's degree programs to find those offering an optimal blend of availability, earning potential, industry demand and job prospects. If you've decided on a general area of study, our rankings may help you choose a specific degree according to its employment prospects. Our analysis is based on the latest employment, salary and education data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Two measures of salary data (median and 75th percentile) are given; they represent professionals at all experience levels. (Click here to read more about our methodology.)

Here are the 25 best online bachelor's degrees for 2019. Keep in mind that not all online degree programs are available at all colleges. Also, certain programs require some clinical work in a professional facility or an on-campus lab.

1

Business Administration and Management, General

Business-administration

A degree in business administration and management gives graduates a promising career pathway. In fact, it tops our list for the number of related jobs projected 10 years from now. This degree, which may be simply called business administration, gives students a solid foundation in business theory and practice. Typical courses include accounting, finance, management, business law, business analytics, communications, marketing and management information systems. Some schools offer this degree with optional concentrations, such as accounting or marketing. Of all the bachelor's degrees programs we analyzed, we found that this one is offered online at more colleges than any other.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $98,228
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $131,403
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 471
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 8.75%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 6,739,800
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 58.85%
2

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Registered-nurse

The healthcare field is ever-expanding, with a corresponding demand for registered nurses. In fact, this degree ranks in the top ten for the number of jobs projected a decade from now. Coursework for this degree typically includes case management, care coordination and resources, leadership, community nursing, data management, as well as medical sciences like anatomy and physiology. Many colleges offer this degree online; of all the degrees we studied, registered nursing ranks #2 for the number of colleges that offer it online.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $70,630
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $131,403
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 440
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 19.4%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 3,476,400
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 20.5%
3

Business/Commerce, General

Business

Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in business/commerce can expect solid job prospects in the future; in our analysis of 190 degrees, this degree ranks second highest for the number of jobs forecast a decade from now. Courses in this degree program are similar to those for business administration, but there is a greater emphasis on commerce-related subjects such as accounting, economics, finance and marketing.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $98228.33
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $131403.3
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 123
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 8.75
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 6,739,800
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 58.8%
4

Information Technology

Information-technology

An online Information Technology degree program appeals to new students as well as IT professionals who want to boost their knowledge and career options without taking time off the job. Students typically learn IT basics, systems administration, programming, network architecture, web development and design, and ethical hacking. They learn and practice skills in project management, database processing and administration, and information security management. They round out their education by learning specialized skills in Cisco, Local Area Network (LAN) management, and LINUX or MS Windows -- all of which are widely used in business and government settings.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $107365.7
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $136342.9
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 101
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 16.6%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,955,300
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 43.2%
5

International Business/Trade/Commerce

International-business

In today's expanding global market, the demand for professionals with this degree is growing in many business sectors. In fact, in our study it ranks #10 for the number of industries that employ workers with the degree. It's a lucrative choice as well; both the median salary and 75th percentile salary measures are among the top five of all degrees in our study. Students take traditional business courses as well as classes with an international focus, such as trade, import/export, international marketing, international banking and finance, business law, foreign business practices and intercultural communications.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $121.326
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $163,453
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 53
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 7.9%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,890,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 62.4%
6

Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

Entrepreneurship

Today's entrepreneurs work in family-owned companies, startups, and as "change agents" in large corporations. And the demand is growing; this degree ranks #7 for the number of jobs projected 10 years from now. Perhaps most striking is that the median salary for those with this degree falls in the top five of all degrees we looked at. Courses usually include business basics such as management, finance and accounting, economics, and marketing along with entrepreneur-focused courses such as business plan development, leadership, building teams/corporate culture, innovation, new product development, distribution strategies and new venture finance.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $117,397
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $157,460
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 19
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 7.8%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 3,958,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 67.5%
7

Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Marketing

Marketing makes the world go 'round and is the vehicle by which businesses, government and nonprofits promote their products, programs, and services. Students majoring in marketing learn about market research, product development, pricing, brand management, marketing strategy and communications, consumer behavior, retail marketing, digital marketing/social media, advertising and promotion, sales and public relations. Some colleges offer marketing management as a concentration within a marketing degree, with specialized courses in product/pricing/promotion strategy, marketing channels, business-to-business marketing, business negotiation and international marketing.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $100,590
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $144,320
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 114
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 12.8%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,541,500
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 52.45%
8

Finance, General

Finance

Finance plays a critical role in most organizations, whether they're public, private, governmental, for-profit or nonprofit. It's no surprise that, of all the online bachelor's degrees in our study, finance ranks third for the number of jobs projected ten years from now. Courses typically include accounting basics, banking, investments, financial institutions, corporate finance, portfolio management, insurance, international finance and general financial management. In this degree program, students learn how to analyze investment risk, develop and manage financial plans, and create and analyze financial statements.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $94,471
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $132,314
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 69
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 10.27%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 4,863,400
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 45.1%
9

Management Science

Management-science

Management science is the art of applying analytical and mathematical methods to business decisions. Students in this major learn those subjects, as well as how to measure strategic goals and performance, and to communicate strategies, policies and procedures throughout an organization. Earning a degree in management science degree can pay off -- literally -- with the 75th percentile earnings for degree-holders among the top ten of all degrees in our study. Typical courses include fundamental management concepts, business economics and math, project management, business ethics, organizational management, human resources management and consumer behavior.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $111,342
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $149,520
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 13
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 12.78%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 3,035,500
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 54.75%
10

Accounting and Business/Management

Accounting

Individuals with a degree in accounting and business/management are needed in a wide variety of industries; in our study, this degree ranks #2 in that respect. This degree teaches accounting within a broad business context. Students gain knowledge and skills in financial accounting practices, as well as how to evaluate an organization's financial performance and help inform organizational decisions. Courses typically include accounting, cost accounting, budget development and financial statements. Students learn skills such as correcting financial reporting issues and conducting ratio analyses. Some online schools offer accounting as a concentration within a business administration degree program.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $92,910
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $126,890
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 29
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 13.2%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,555,000
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 79.4%
11

Information Technology Project Management

Information-technology-project-management

This degree program is similar to a bachelor's degree in IT but adds subjects and skills such as planning, executing and managing IT projects and personnel in an organization. Students learn how to ensure that projects are successful, within budget and on time. Courses typically include the principles of project management and organizational behavior, risk management, contracts, information security, software, quality assurance, leadership and communication skills, and financial analysis.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $107,213
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $138,183
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 8
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 14.2%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,921,000
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 59.2%
12

Computer and Information Sciences, General

computer-and-information-sciences

This versatile IT degree blends the study of databases and information systems, computer programming, and management information systems. Core classes usually include statistics, programming, IT project management, information security, design/management/analysis of database systems and systems strategy. Additional classes fall under several broad topics such as application development, business intelligence, cybersecurity and networking.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $97,740
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $116,888
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 58
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 10.1
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,175,500
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 44.8%
13

Psychology, General

Psychology

Among liberal arts degrees, psychology is especially in demand due to its many applications in the workplace and society. Typical courses include psychology basics, social psychology, abnormal psychology/psychopathology, cognitive psychology, perception and sensation, physiology and neuroscience, and research methods. Depending on the school, this major may offer specialization in the psychology of business or social action.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $87,862
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $116,888
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 211
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 10.32%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,311,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 22%
14

Computer Science

Computer-science

Computer Science is the foundation for many different computing careers, such as computer programmer, software designer, database administrator, and more. Courses in this degree program typically include computer architecture, programming basics, database and information management, software engineering, computer systems and networking, user interfaces, and algorithms analysis. Students may also learn about cutting-edge subjects such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and cryptology.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $93,835
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $121,976
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 38
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 13.14%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 3,155,900
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 42%
15

Public Administration

Public-administration

Public administration refers to the design and implementation of policy in the public sector, whether at local, state or federal government levels or in nonprofit organizations. Jobs linked to a public administration degree are expected to increase over the next decade. In that respect, it ranks fourth among all degrees in our study. Courses typically include core business courses, government and politics, administrative law, leadership and management in the public sector, public fiscal management, policy analysis, and program evaluation and accountability. Some online colleges offer public administration as a concentration within a business administration degree.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $92,331
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $ 123,342
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 41
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 3.1%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 4,199,500
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 49.4%
16

Computer Engineering, General

Computer-Engineering

Computer engineering integrates electronic engineering with computer sciences. Computer engineers design and develop computer hardware systems and other technological devices. Courses in this degree program usually cover computer architecture, computer networks, digital design, computer applications, machine structures, hardware and software systems, signals and systems, and data structure and algorithms. Some colleges offer different tracks for this major, allowing students to specialize in a specific area of this complex field.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $110,873
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $141,528
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 5
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 12.2%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,050,900
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 32.5%
17

Computer Software Engineering

computer-software-engineering

Students in this degree program learn the art of designing, analyzing, implementing and maintaining software to meet clients' specific business needs and challenges. They build and adapt software that is tailored to the user, not the user to the software. Courses in this degree program typically include IT infrastructure and architecture, operating systems, software design, programming, database structure and management, project management, human-computer interface design, application design and testing and validation.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $111,368
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $142,423
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 6
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 15.3%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,800,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 35.7%
18

Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

Information-assurance

Students in this degree program learn about computer information systems (CIS) as well as information security -- subjects that are sometimes presented in separate programs. The result is a complete package that teaches students how to address practical business needs with technology, while also securing a system's data and information against the threat of the data breaches that have become so common in recent years.

Courses include core business subjects with technology (data management, operating systems, programming and project management) with security-oriented classes in cybersecurity, firewalls, network defense systems to monitor outside threats, data backup and response procedures when breaches do occur.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $94,973
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $121,782
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 57
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 12.1%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,476,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 53.9%
19

Information Science

Information-science

Information science studies the interaction between people (users), technology and data. It integrates an understanding of human-technology interface, the role of culture in technology, as well as societal challenges such as the digital divide and protecting minors online. This degree program teaches theoretical concepts and practical skills for understanding, improving, and designing effective and user-friendly data/information systems. Courses cover subjects such as computational reasoning, quantitative reasoning, software user experience, data analytics, communication, and information ethics/law/policy.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $105,696
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $137,074
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 52
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 11.8%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,271,500
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 34.7%
20

Accounting and Finance

Accounting-and-Finance

Graduates with a degree in Accounting and Finance can find jobs in a wide variety of businesses and other organizations. Of all online degrees in our study, this degree ranks in the top 10 for the number of industries that employ individuals with this degree. Courses typically include a comprehensive blend of accounting and finance basics, financial planning and management, corporate finance, operations management, auditing, tax accounting, accounting law, and insurance.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $88,493
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $118,860
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 6
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 11.5%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 2,617,200
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 66.7%
21

Medical Informatics

Medical-Informatics

The growth of our healthcare system has necessitated the creation of medical informatics -- the science of using data and technology to improve healthcare safety and services. Of all the online degrees in our study, medical informatics ranks in the top 15 for projected 10-year growth in the number of related jobs. Courses in this degree program typically include healthcare analytics, medical coding and classification, policy changes, project management, electronic health records, networking and health information exchanges, and telehealth. Degree holders may go to work as health information supervisors and managers, auditors and compliance review staff, and clinical documentation and improvement specialists.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $101,607
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $129,590
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 7
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 19.57%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,430,900
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 38.2%
22

Network and System Administration/Administrator

Administrator

Contrary to what we see in some sci-fi movies, computer systems don't build, deploy and maintain themselves. Rather, the smooth and safe operation of these systems depend on skilled network administrators and analysts. A degree in computer network and systems administration can prepare students for such a career. In this degree program students learn to install, configure, and monitor computer networks; test website performance; and implement network security strategies. Some online colleges offer this as an advanced networking certificate in an Information Technology degree program.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $96,564
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $123,598
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 23
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 12.18%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,343,000
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 55.1%
23

Health/Healthcare Administration/Management

Health-Care-Administration

As the healthcare field expands in size and complexity, the demand for professionals with this degree is growing. In fact, of all the degrees we looked at, Healthcare Administration/Management ranks #7 for projected growth. Coursework for this degree includes subjects such as health system administration, health care ethics, various health care management-specific subjects (human resources, finances, leadership, marketing, law, and policy) and business courses (accounting, business and healthcare statistics, and economics of health care systems).

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $98,350
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $128,960
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 197
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 19.8%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 422,000
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 23.96%
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Computer Programming, Specific Applications

Computer-programming

Computer programmers play a critical role in the development of information systems; they write code that is tailored to the specific needs of the business or other organization. Students learn about operating systems and networking, programming (visual, internet), information systems analysis and design, and project management. What sets this major apart from more general computer programming majors is that students also specialize in specific applications such as gaming, language-specific application, or platform-specific certification.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $97,210
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $123,760
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 5
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 11.23%%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 1,827,900
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 49.7%
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Management Information Systems, General

Management-Information-Systems

This degree prepares graduates to use computers to process data, solve a variety of business problems and inform management decisions in corporate and government settings. Courses usually include math and business basics, computer science, tech infrastructure, web development and application, system design and application, information security, applied statistics, project management, and technology ethics.

Featured data points:

  • Annual median wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $110,730
  • Annual 75th percentile wage of occupations matched to this major, 2017: $141,235
  • Number of schools offering this degree online, 2016-17: 64
  • Average projected growth rate of jobs matched to this major, 2016-26 2.15%
  • Number of jobs projected in 10 years matched to this major, 2016-26: 683,700
  • Percentage of industries with jobs matched to this major, 2016-26: 62.3%
Methodologies and Sources

DegreeMedian SalaryNo. of Schools Offering This Degree Online
Business Administration$98,228471
Information Technology (IT)$107,366101
Nursing$70,630440
Finance$94,47169
Marketing$100,590114
Computer Science (CS)$93,83538
International Business$121,32753
Entrepreneurship$117,39819
Management Science$111,34313
Psychology$87,862211
Public Policy Administration$92,33141
Software Engineering$111,3686
Information Science/Studies$105,69652
Accounting$92,91029
Information Security$94,97357
Operations Management$87,10133
Human Resources$83,04887
Health Information Management$98,350197
Computer Programming$97,2105
Political Science$100,71745
Mathematics$87,22422
Organizational Leadership$81,37582
Economics$90,18028
Computer Networking Systems$87,69318
Dental Hygiene$85,97030
DegreeMedian SalaryNo. of Schools Offering This Degree Online
Computer Engineering (CE)$69,600505
Information Technology Management$53,700394
Software Engineering$64,700191
Management science$57,200134
Mathematics$54,000113
Dental hygiene$65,400109
Computer science$65,30090
Economics$53,90075
Computer and Network Administration$50,80074
Operations Management$54, 80059
Computer programming$50,50051
Computer Networking Systems$46,90051
International Business$48,80047
Computer information systems (CIS)$54,30046
Accounting and Business Management$46,95039
Information Security$57,70028
Finance$53,30025
Information Technology (IT)$53,00024
General Business$45,00016
Marketing$45,3009
Accounting$48,3006
Nursing$57,5004
Physician assistant$85,2004
Business administration$46,1003
Mechanical Engineering (ME)$63,5002