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Demand is second force propelling substantial growth of online degree programs. Many students, particularly adults, just want to finish their higher education as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. People learn at different rates and in many different ways. Most traditional college classes are geared toward average learner, which means that some people get left behind, while others quickly get bored. Online courses allow students to set their own pace, so that they get most value out of classes they take.
An online college degree is more important than ever for several reasons. First, employers feel that we are presently in an employer's market. This means, simply, that there are more workers than jobs at moment and consequently employers can be more selective in individuals they hire.
Secondly, jobs which pay highest salaries are those that are most specialized. Specialized occupations require more training/education, primarily because these jobs require manipulation of facts, figures and technology.
Another factor driving people to obtain online degrees is indisputable fact that current jobs in U.S. are becoming more and more service oriented. These jobs have relatively low wages and are labeled as "unskilled" work. Thus, to prepare yourself to qualify for a job paying higher wages, you need to retool or learn new skills and competencies.
Finally, we now live in a global economy which demands higher prices for homes, automobiles, utilities, medical care, and like, without actually providing enough gainful employment opportunities. If you want to increase, restructure or enhance your wage earning abilities, an online degree is, indeed, a good place to begin.
The best online college let students apply past college credit and even relevant work experience towards their online degree programs. Some employers will even share costs of your online education, because they appreciate your desire to improve your job skills--without leaving your job.
Online degrees have become widespread because we want them, and we need them. Investigate what an online degree can do for you. Search for a degree that interests you. Do some comparative research on Web, then enroll in classes and receive your online degree in a few short months. You'll be glad you did!
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a computer room full of advice, resources and suggestions about online degrees, visit http://www.OnlineDegreeNow.com