Education is must for an individual to advance in life. It not only helps a person to improve his financial status, but at the same time provides him with the opportunity to enhance his intellectual capabilities. Certification or a college degree is important for high-paying employments, but all people do not get the opportunity to gain higher studies due to some or the other reasons. However, in this age of great technological developments, the students get the chance to enhance their academic qualification through online education. Many world famous colleges and universities in the United States are now offering online degree programs to enable the students to upgrade their educational qualification. A great tendency has been noticed among the working professionals to enroll in online study programs. Many companies now encourage their employees to take up online courses in their domain of work to enhance the possibilities of promotion. A range of research studies have been conducted in the United States to find out the skyrocketing popularity of the online study courses.
The benefit of online programs is that they offer the candidates with the flexibility to attend the online classes from home and from any location of the world. The students need to use a computer and a high speed internet connection to take part in the online group discussions and classes. The virtual classrooms have teachers who are accessible through emails. The Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development operating under the U.S. Department of Education has recently conducted a meta-analysis which asserted that the students taking up online degree programs have performed much better than the ones attending on-campus classes.
A November 2008 report called “Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008” was released by the Sloan Consortium stated that at the end of 2007, about 3.9 million candidates enrolled in online courses and this shows a 12% rise over the previous year’s record. A research scholar predicted online education would be more popular in the United States in the years to come. Moreover, another prediction has been done regarding the job opportunities provided by online education. Scholars are of the opinion that the students taking up online courses are more likely to acquire high paying jobs.
While dealing with the reasons behind the growing popularity of the online courses, the U.S Department of Education reported that the ability of the candidates to schedule their classes in their preferable times has enhanced the popularity of online education. Online psychology degree programs and online criminal justice courses are two most prominent study courses that have gained huge popularity among the students. These courses provide the candidates with fantastic job opportunities. Those enrolling in online psychology programs get the chance to apply jobs in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes that require psychologists. Those who are specialized in forensic psychology work in collaboration with the lawyers and help them understand the motives behind criminal actions. Those pursuing criminal justice degrees online can enter the homeland security offices under the U.S government. They can also try their lucks as paralegals.