6 things to never say at work

Don't tarnish your reputation by making whiny, haughty or untrue statements. Remember, silence can be golden -- especially if it prevents you from uttering one of these potentially career-damaging phrases:
1. "I can't take on any more work. I'm completely overwhelmed already."
Run your fingers through your hair and let out a big sigh during this lament and colleagues will either nominate you for an Academy Award or provide the number of a good therapist. Professionals work on solving problems, not creating drama.
"Yes, the recession and corporate downsizing has meant fewer people doing more work; however, employers want employees who can manage their workloads and communicate when they have reached their maximum capacity," says Lisa Quast, CEO of Seattle-based Career Woman Inc. and author of "Your Career, Your Way!" "A much better comment is, 'Let's look at my project list and see where we can work this in. It might mean moving something else out to a later date.'"
2. "Joe is an idiot."
Yes, maybe he is -- and he may be your boss someday. Don't say something you'll later regret. Even if he doesn't find out, bad-mouthing a co-worker can make listeners wonder what you say about them when they aren't around.
"Never throw your colleagues under the bus or talk about them behind their back," says career coach Roy Cohen, author of "The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide." "Colleagues who trust and admire you will be your best support system to promote your reputation as desirable and valuable. When they don't feel that you are transparent in your intentions, your disruptive actions will raise doubts about your ability to be both a team player and a team motivator. Both are essential assets for effective leadership."
3. "That's not fair!"
Brad Karsh, president of Chicago-based JB Training Solutions and co-author of the upcoming book "Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management," notes that this statement is frequently uttered by younger workers. "It may sound harsh, but in the working world, fair does not always mean equal. It can be difficult to understand that at work it's not always fair up and down, but it's also not fair across. For example, a company may hire 100 entry-level employees on the same day. Are they all going to get promoted or receive raises on the same day? No. They may work different hours a week, at different locations and for different types of people. It will never be fair in your career, so get over it."
4. "That's not how we did it at my old company."
Make such a comment and colleagues may wonder why you ever left the other employer. As Quast notes, "No one likes an arrogant know-it-all who thinks they're better than others or who believes their previous company did things better." Skip the comparisons and focus instead on articulating your ideas clearly and respectfully.
5. "I'll have it on your desk by 3 p.m." (when you know you won't)
Your boss and colleagues have deadlines, too. When you fail to deliver, it affects others. On those rare occasions when you can't fulfill a promise, have the decency to give a heads-up. Deadlines may be changeable or perhaps other workers can shift focus to help out.
"(Don't) tell people -- whether they are colleagues, vendors, clients and customers or management -- what you think they want to hear instead of the truth," Cohen says. "For example, if you knowingly provide a client with incorrect information about a delivery date and you fail to honor that deadline, you risk tarnishing both your credibility and the reputation of your company. The potential impact may be enormous as customers abandon you for a more reliable provider."
6. "I'm bored."
Nothing good ever comes from this statement. Overworked colleague Mary will want to slug you, cubicle neighbor Jeff will think you're a slacker, and your boss will question why he's bothering to give you a paycheck this week.
"There's always something you could be doing," Karsh says. "Take the initiative to tackle new projects; don't wait to be asked to do something. Be innovative and find new projects to work on to make your boss's life easier. Figure out what is keeping your boss up at night, and solve that problem."

Five Career Choices That Could Hurt You

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Worst Careers To Pursue

You may want to think twice if you're considering one of these less than stellar careers.

By Danielle Blundell
You're on a mission to make a big career change, and that's a good thing. But before you take a leap, you need to have a better idea of where you might land, and how that job is going to set you up for the future.
"The biggest mistake people make is they don't investigate the position they want," says Abby Kohut, career and HR expert and founder of AbsolutelyAbby.com. "In some cases, they go to school and waste years of their lives training for something they eventually try and don't like. In others, people don't take the time to understand what a field will offer them in terms of salary and growth potential, both personally and in terms of the industry."
So to help you get started in your research, here are five career choices that could really hurt you - and five better options to consider instead.

Bad Career Choice #1: Desktop Publisher

Median Annual Pay*: $37,040
Bottom 10 Percent: $19,740
Top 10 Percent: $60,470
Desktop publishers use software to make page layouts for print or Web publications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And while this may sound right up your alley, don't get too excited just yet.
Why It's a Bad Choice: The industry has a little too narrow of a focus, and the salary and job opportunities reflect that. "Desktop publishers focus on making print products - pamphlets, brochures, and that kind of thing," says Kohut. "So it's kind of an older term and profession that offers little growth because everything is going digital."

A Better Alternative: Graphic Designer

Median Annual Pay*: $44,150
Bottom 10 Percent: $26,250
Top 10 Percent: $77,490
A career in graphic design could be just as satisfying. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, graphic designers often create images and design themes for companies' websites, logos, and advertisements. Not only that, but the pay isn't bad either.
Why It's a Good Choice:  For Kohut, since there are better job prospects designing for companies on the Web vs. print, graphic design is a smarter choice. "Graphic design is a hipper field where you can go into Web design and make a lot of money," she says. Plus, she says the Web is the direction business is going.
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Education Requirements: The U.S. Department of Labor says a bachelor's degree in graphic design is usually required to pursue a job as a graphic designer. "However, those with a bachelor's degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications," it says.

Bad Career Choice #2: Bank Teller

Median Annual Pay*: $24,940
Bottom 10 Percent: $19,630
Top 10 Percent: $34,320
Show me the money would be your mantra if you chose to pursue a career as a bank teller. You'd be  dealing with deposits, cashing checks, and counting money, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Unfortunately for tellers, handling money doesn't mean you're making a lot of it.
Why It's a Bad Choice: "A job as a bank teller is really an entry-level position that doesn't require a degree and therefore has a lower salary," says Kohut. She also points out that there is a lack of advancement opportunities for bank tellers. "You could become a manager, but district management positions are far and few in a given market."

A Better Alternative: Accountant

Median Annual Pay*: $63,550
Bottom 10 Percent: $39,930
Top 10 Percent: $111,510
If you've got a mind for math, better to use it for accounting rather than a job as a bank teller. Instead of counting money, accountants could organize a company's financial records and make sure they're in accordance with various laws and regulations, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
Why It's a Good Choice: "Accountants have huge growth potential," says Kohut. "You could go from accountant to financial manager to CFO one day. Of course, that may require a master's and a CPA. But the take home is accounting offers higher salaries from the start and more opportunities for personal growth."
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Education Requirements: A bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field is required for most accountant positions, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Certifications are a way to improve job prospects, notes the Department of Labor. These include certification to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which requires meeting state requirements and passing a national exam.

Bad Career Choice #3: Reporter

Median Annual Pay*: $35,870
Bottom 10 Percent: $20,770
Top 10 Percent: $78,530
Remember Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the hotshot reporters that broke the Watergate scandal in "All The President's Men"? Unfortunately, most days as a reporter aren't quite as exciting as they may have seemed in this movie.
Why It's a Bad Choice: "There's this real sense among reporters that their field is shrinking and condensing," says Kohut, due to the proliferation of free news sources online. "The reality is that as time goes on, reporters' opportunities will become more and more limited."

A Better Alternative: Public Relations Specialist

Median Annual Pay*: $54,170
Bottom 10 Percent: $30,760
Top 10 Percent: $101,030
You might want to focus on putting a company in the public spotlight instead of a news story. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, public relations specialists might manage a companies' public image by preparing media releases, organizing public relations programs, and setting up fundraisers.
Why It's a Good Choice: "Public relations specialists are still very much in demand, and it's only going to increase as new entrepreneurs start companies and need PR to promote them," says Kohut. "The great thing about this career is the growth it offers - work your way up, secure enough clients, and you can start your own PR firm and be your own boss one day."
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Education Requirements: Typically public relations specialists need a bachelor's degree, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Employers prefer candidates with a degree in public relations, communications, journalism, business, or English.

Bad Career Choice #4: Computer Repairer

Median Annual Pay*: $36,620
Bottom 10 Percent: $22,490
Top 10 Percent: $57,960
Computer repair might involve replacing or fixing defective computer parts, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But if you like tinkering with technology, this probably isn't a good a career choice. Even if you're a master fixer, your paycheck could look pretty small.
Why It's a Bad Choice: "If all you can do is fix computers, you're going to hit a ceiling at some point and be unable to keep earning more money," Kohut says. Your only recourse as a computer repairer would be to try to get into a CIO (Chief Information Officer) job, says Kohut, which could be difficult if you're not well-versed in software and computer languages.

A Better Alternative: Computer Programmer

Median Annual Pay*: $74,280
Bottom 10 Percent: $42,850
Top 10 Percent: $117,890
Rather than tinkering around on a computer board, a job as a computer programmer could pay double what a computer repairer would see. Computer programmers might be responsible for translating human commands or tasks into language a computer can process, like C++, says the Department of Labor.
Why It's a Good Choice: "Computer programming is exploding," says Kohut. "There are new languages being created every day. Master one of those as a programmer, and the salary will be good because it's a true specialty." Plus, there's more opportunity for growth. For example, you could gain extra skills in networking, pursue a career as a network specialist, and then over time work your way up to VP of IT, Kohut says.
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Education Requirements: Most computer programmers have a bachelor's degree, although some employers hire candidates with an associate's degree, the Department says. A degree in computer science or a related field is what most programmers pursue, the Department says.

Bad Career Choice #5: Information Clerk

Median Annual Pay*: $25,990
Bottom 10 Percent: $18,120
Top 10 Percent: $37,770
Organized to a fault might be a good way to describe you. So you might think a career as an information clerk would be a good fit, since, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, this job could involve keeping, maintaining, and locating detailed records for companies and other routine admin tasks. Unfortunately though, this career is an unwise pick in today's job market, says Kohut.
Why It's a Bad Choice: "Honestly, a job as an information clerk is a low-level position," says Kohut. "It's essentially a customer service position that really offers no growth and doesn't require a degree."

A Better Alternative: Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Median Annual Pay*: $34,160
Bottom 10 Percent: $22,250
Top 10 Percent: $56,200
Better to marry your natural propensity for data with the booming health care field and pursue a career as a health information technician, Kohut says. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical records and health information technicians might assemble and manage patient information at hospitals, doctors' offices, and other medical facilities.
Why It's a Good Choice: Kohut says this field is a much better choice than information clerk because it involves specializing. "There's a lot of responsibility in coding, and high risk could mean higher pay."
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Education Requirements: If a career as a medical records and health information technician sounds like a better fit, you'll most likely need some sort of a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree, says the Department of Labor. Many employers might also require you to get your professional certification.

Questions about hiring process for workers with disabilities

As an employer or potential employee, you may have some questions about the hiring process for workers with disabilities. Sometimes it's not clear what questions are all right to ask or what policies are important to understand.
Some common questions are answered here by Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates Think Beyond the Label. Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities.

Q: Is it always necessary to disclose a disability in the workplace?
Otto: Employees and candidates are not required to disclose a disability, and employers are prohibited from asking the question. However, if they have a known disability, either because it is obvious -- for example, they use a wheelchair -- or because they have disclosed the fact that they have a hidden disability, employers can ask them to describe or demonstrate how they would perform a job-related function.
At Think Beyond the Label, we advise all our partners that the top priority in any interview is to ensure that the candidate has the skills and ability to do the job. Once skills and ability are established, the "how" of getting the job done comes next.
If an accommodation is needed to perform job-related functions, it is the candidate's or employee's responsibility to request that accommodation. The employer cannot ask. ... More than half of workplace accommodations cost the employer nothing, while the rest typically cost up to only $500. The result is improved retention and productivity.
Q: How can you determine if you should disclose your disability to co-workers and the boss?
Otto: A good rule of thumb for disclosing a disability is determining whether your disability is relevant to how you will get the job done. Let's take someone with a hearing impairment as an example. If you need most workplace communications to take place in writing in order to function as an effective member of your team, you should request just that. You may not even need to disclose that it is because of your hearing impairment, unless there is resistance to putting most communications in writing. But generally, communicating in writing often benefits everyone on the team.
Be aware of the company's personnel policies, and make sure to include human resources if you're unsure about how to talk with your boss or co-workers about what you need to perform your job. It's the same principle for other hidden disabilities. If you have a mental health condition or other hidden disability, it is critical that you are clear with your team members or boss about the kind of communication and work parameters you need to perform your job.   
Q: In a job search, should you disclose to a potential employer that you have a disability? If so, at what stage in the hiring process?
Otto: In a job search, candidates and potential employers should always focus on the skills and abilities needed to do the job. If you have an obvious disability, you can discuss how you will perform certain job functions, and your potential employer has the right to ask how you will perform functions related to the job. If you have a non-evident disability and know that you will need accommodations to perform the job, you can inquire about how the company makes on-the-job accommodations available for workers with disabilities.
Q: If you have an employee with a non-evident disability, what questions are appropriate to ask? What questions are inappropriate?
Otto: Focus on the job and tasks related to the job, not suppositions about the employee's health or any disability. If you are aware that your employee may be struggling to perform on the job, meet with him or her to talk about performance. You cannot ask about disability; however, you can remind the employee that your company is committed to the success of every employee, and together you can talk about any barriers the employee may be facing to completing job-related tasks.
While it is up to the employee to request an accommodation for their disability, you can do your part by making sure all employees know that your company is a disability-friendly workplace. Be sure that your personnel policies include clear information about how to request an accommodation and that your supervisors and hiring managers are all well aware of the do's and don'ts for working with colleagues or team members with disabilities.

Seven High-Pay Jobs, No Grad School Required

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High-Pay Jobs With A Bachelor's

Think you need more than a bachelor's degree for a high-paying job? Think again.

By Andrea Duchon
These days it can be easy to get caught up in the educational rat race. It seems like everyone is dying to tell you how a bachelor's degree just isn't enough anymore if you want to compete for top, high-paying careers.
But Danielle Mund, a certified career and entrepreneur coach, wants to tell you otherwise:
"While many people will tell you that you need a graduate degree to stand out from the crowd or earn a great paycheck, I disagree. No matter what degree you have, success takes hard work, dedication, and passion, but if you know where to look, there are many different positions in industries that pay well," she says.
So where do you look to find these well-paying careers that require only a bachelor's? How about below?

Career #1: Accountant

Do you love keeping track of your family's finances or can't resist giving your friends tax advice around April? Great news: A career as an accountant could let you combine your numerical passions with a steady paycheck - minus the extra years in academia.
"It's no secret that people who work with money generally tend to make money, and accountants are no exception to this rule! They're constantly working with financial statements and records to make sure taxes and other payments are correct and paid on time," says Mund.
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What Accountants Make*: The U.S. Department of Labor lists the median income for accountants as $63,550, while the 90th percentile earns $111,510, and the 10th percentile earns $39,930.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: The Department of Labor says that you'll need a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field for most accountant positions. But Mund has a special pro tip that could net you even more cash:
"Although a bachelor's degree is the only requirement for an entry-level position, most accountants choose to get extra training and become certified [as a CPA] - that extra certification is really an investment in earnings potential."

Career #2: Registered Nurse

A career as a registered nurse could allow you to work in the health care industry, without spending all of your time in medical school. So it's a great option if you wear your caring heart on your sleeve, and want to be compensated for it well - without hitting the books again after earning a bachelor's degree.
Why does this career pay so well? Mund says that because nurses are highly trained in their field, they often find themselves working in a constantly demanding job that often rewards them with an equally high paycheck.
"They also need to be compassionate and work with people all day or night, so a good nurse will get paid more for the ability to balance both skills well," she says.
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What Registered Nurses Make*: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, registered nurses make a median wage of $65,470 annually, $94,720 for those in the 90th percentile, and $45,040 in the 10th percentile.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: No graduate degrees needed here. The Department of Labor says you have three education paths you can choose from to qualify for an entry-level position as a registered nurse, and a bachelor's degree in nursing is one of them. The other options are an associate's degree in nursing, or a diploma. All registered nurses must also be licensed, the Department says.

Career #3: Civil Engineer

Civil engineers oversee the building of things like roads, airports, and water supply systems. If that sounds intriguing to you, it gets even better. You don't need more than your bachelor's to pursue this career, and it could also pay big bucks.
"[B]ecause it's a civil engineer who puts the stamp of approval on bridge and tunnel building plans, it ultimately means they're responsible for the safety of millions of people over a long period of time, which adds to the many reasons why this career pays so well," says Mund.
Mund also adds that the fact most civil engineering jobs are government-backed doesn't hurt the pay grade, either.
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What Civil Engineers Make*: The median wage for civil engineers is $79,340, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. As for the 90th or 10th percentile of earners, they report $122,020 and $51,280 salaries, respectively.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: Earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering is required if you want to be a civil engineer, says the Department of Labor. Further, your degree should be from a program that is accredited by ABET - formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Why? The Department says a program accredited by ABET is needed to gain licensure, and a license is required to work as an engineer.

Career #4: Human Resources Manager

If you're the type of person who can balance a full plate of serious activities with an upbeat, friendly personality, a career as a human resources manager could be a great choice for you. The best part? It's attainable without a master's degree and rewards with a nice paycheck.
Mund says that while "human resources manager" is a pretty dry term, the role this person plays in an organization is actually incredibly important. She gives an explanation as to why:
"People in this position act as the gate keepers and leadership trainers of a company's single most important asset - their employees. Because they play a large part in the potential overall success of a company, their role is highly valued - and therefore it's also often well paid," she says.
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What Human Resources Managers Make*: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median wage for human resources managers is $99,720 a year. At the 90th percentile, they typically earn $173,140, while the 10th percentile earns $59,020.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: You usually need a bachelor's degree in human resources or business administration if you hope to score a job as an HR manager, according to the Department of Labor.
But you'd also do well to remember that a certain level of experience in the job is needed before you start raking in the big bucks. The Department says that you'll need to demonstrate the ability to organize, manage, and lead others, in addition to possessing a solid understanding of federal, state, and local employment laws.

Career #5: Public Relations Manager

If your dream job includes attending press conferences, public speaking, and a sturdy paycheck, welcome to the world of public relations. This career path often involves representing clients in the best possible light and working to make sure their corporate message gets heard.
So what makes for a successful PR manager? Mund provides an illustrative example: "In a single day, a really successful PR manager can turn a story about paper towel holders into pure glamour by getting a hot celebrity raving over them - all before the evening news. Now, if you owned the paper towel holder company, what kind of money do you think you'd be willing to pay for that? Probably a lot."
But Mund warns that like HR management, this career might not always be a moneymaker right out of the gate.
"It takes real dedication and outside-the-box thinking, as well as creative communication skills to succeed," she says. Mund also cautions that you will need to prove yourself in a number of ways before noticing a difference in your bank account.
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What Public Relations Managers Make*: So what's in the bank account of most public relations managers? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, public relations managers earn a median of $95,450 annually, while the 90th percentile of earners makes $180,480, and the 10th percentile earns $51,630.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: A bachelor's degree in public relations is typical for a career as a public relations manager, but the Department of Labor also says you could earn a degree in journalism, communications, English, or business instead - since employers hire candidates with those degrees as well.

Career #6: Financial Analyst

Do you plan your day around when the New York Stock Exchange opens and closes, and can't get enough of the latest NASDAQ news? A career as a financial analyst could pay off in dividends in your personal sector, as well as your professional one, without sending you back to school for a master's degree.
"Like accountants, financial analysts also work with money and provide guidance to both individuals and businesses on their money plans," says Mund. "As a financial planner you need a solid understanding of financial markets and different types of investments, as well as the laws around these things. And if you do well for your clients, you can do well for yourself."
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What Financial Analysts Make*: Earners in the median range of payouts see $76,950 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 10th percentile earns $47,130, while the 90th percentile earns $148,430.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: If you want to prepare to pursue a career as a financial analyst, you'll need a bachelor's degree in a field like accounting, economics, finance, statistics, or business administration, as the Department of Labor says one of these is required for most positions. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management is also important, says the Department.

Career #7: Medical and Health Services Manager

Have you always dreamed of working in the health care industry but can't bear the thought of spending countless years in medical school? A bachelor's degree in health care administration could get you in the hospital door and prepare you to pursue a career as a medical manager - while potentially putting stable money in your pocket each month.
When you're considering if this path makes sense for you, Mund urges you to think about the career in this way: What's the one thing we all want, inevitably lose at some point, and oftentimes believe life isn't worth living without? Our health.
"In simple economic terms, that means there is money in the health care industry - and therefore, money available for you. Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services, which is not only a necessary position in health facilities, but always in demand and something that either the government or individuals are willing to pay for," says Mund.
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What Medical and Health Services Managers Make*: The median salary range for this career is $88,580 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 90th percentile earns $150,560, while the 10th percentile earns $53,940.
The Right Bachelor's for the Job: According to the Department of Labor, "Prospective medical and health services managers have a bachelor's degree in health care administration." While studying that degree, you may take courses in subjects like hospital organization, accounting, and strategic planning, the Department says.

The kids are going back to school; should I?

It's now commonplace for job seekers to consider going back to school to advance their career. But is this a practical move for everybody? Not always. There are different industry standards for education, and a specific degree or certification may not always move you forward.
While back-to-school commercials may already be playing on TV, avoid getting sucked in and decide for yourself if going back to school is the right move for your career. Karen Southall Watts, business coach, consultant and author, provides the questions you should ask yourself when considering further education, as well as the answers to best to determine your options.

How much do you know about the job potential for this course of study?
How much do you know about local opportunities, the potential need to relocate to find work and the realistic time from entry-level wages to getting a promotion? Many students enroll in "hot" fields such as nursing, for example, only to find that they are unsuited to the physical demands of the job or that there are few local employers. Older students often have family obligations that mean they cannot pick up and follow the jobs after graduation.
What is your (true) comfort level with technology?
Many schools are pushing courses online, using online registration and grading systems, and making libraries and other resources accessible via the school website. Some older students are not comfortable with intense computer use, although the stereotype of older students being computer-phobic and younger ones being digital natives is a bit deceptive. In students of any age, the ability to use things such as Facebook, email or a smartphone does not equal the ability to do online research, use computers to generate documents and presentations, or interact with online classroom software
Are you overloading your schedule?
Adult students tend to be very goal-oriented and want to finish education and training as quickly as possible in order to get into the job market. This desire to hurry up may manifest in an overloaded and unrealistic schedule. Students who are depending upon financial aid sometimes feel pressured into taking the maximum amount of hours possible. Combine these issues with family and job commitments, and a student can start an academic term in a "no win" situation -- there simply are not enough hours in the day to do what he or she wants.
Is there another option besides a full degree?
If a student is already mid-career, he or she may need only a few courses or workshops to get to the next level. Rather than shifting from one field into something completely unrelated, it may be wiser to find ways to leverage past experience and pivot to something that doesn't require starting from zero. It is essential for potential students to talk to someone in their chosen field and not just admissions advisers when making the decision to return to school and selecting a course of study.
Education can be a great option for those who have researched their career options and know which direction they'd like to take. However, if schooling isn't a smart career move for you, there are other ways to gain momentum in your career and opportunities that may lead to bigger roles down the road.

Careers Where Quiet People Are Assets

Careers for Quiet Types

Feel like your quiet personality makes you the office outsider? Here are six careers where a reserved nature is an asset, not a limitation.

By Amy Howell Hirt
Does the phrase "small talk" make you cringe? If you're a quiet person, navigating the social niceties of the professional world could be a real drag. You may even feel like your personality is holding you back from getting a leg up in your current career.
But don't count yourself out just yet. A quiet demeanor could conceal great powers of observation or analysis.
"People who are quiet might focus on data and things, rather than people, so there are some occupations [in which] they might be able to do a better job," says Laurence Shatkin, a career expert and author of several books, including "50 Best Jobs for Your Personality."
Ready to let your quiet attributes do the talking? Consider pursuing these careers where your natural inclinations could be your greatest assets.

Career #1: Accountant

When data talks, are you usually listening? An ability to sit quietly while poring over numbers could serve you well as an accountant.
"Shhhh!" Factor: If you prefer to keep quiet and focus on the details, this number-driven occupation could play to your strengths, Shatkin says. Reviewing financial statements, computing taxes, and reviewing accounting systems are some of the duties required of accountants, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Accountants carry out their duties in either an office or at home, according to the Department of Labor. Sounds like you'll have plenty of quality time to spend with your number-friends.
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Just keep in mind that this job may require meeting face-to-face with clients on occasion, in order to provide recommendations or explain your findings, the Department notes.
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Career #2: Graphic Designer

Would you rather express yourself through images than words? Your skills as a visual communicator could take center stage in a graphic design career.
"Shhhh!" Factor: Quiet people are often considered better listeners, Shatkin says, which means they may have an advantage in this creative field.
Why do graphic designers need active listening skills? In order to "really focus on what the client is trying to convey with the graphic," Shatkin says.
But taking direction from clients isn't the only time you'll find yourself keeping mum. As a graphic designer, you might spend much of your time figuring out the best way to use colors, images, text, and layouts to communicate ideas, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Sounding a little lonely? Don't worry, graphic designers aren't completely solitary. Being able to work in teams is also an important quality, as graphic designers often collaborate directly with a client or in conjunction with marketers, programmers, or other graphic designers, the Department of Labor notes.
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Career #3: Software Developer

If you come up with your best ideas during quiet contemplation, a career as a software developer could deliver rewarding work.
"Shhhh!" Factor: "Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs," according to the U.S. Department of Labor. While they may work in teams, most of the day-to-day work is solo, Shatkin says.
Daily tasks might include designing computer applications such as word processors or games, or creating the operating systems used in consumer electronics, the Department of Labor reports.
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Still, software developers don't work in a vacuum. They will need to address feedback from customers about programs they develop, says the Department.
The good news: if a customer finds a problem with a program, it's likely back to the quiet drawing board for the software developer, where he or she will work independently to fix it.
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Career #4: Database Administrator

Do you like to quietly and thoroughly think over the task at hand before taking action? If so, you may want to think over a career as a database administrator.
"Shhhh!" Factor: Talk about the need for quiet concentration: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in this career "a minor error can cause major problems."
That's because database administrators are responsible for organizing large amounts of data for important processes, like credit card transactions, the Department of Labor reports.
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Of course, where there are important databases, there are also users of those databases, which is why this career can also require "a fair amount of collaborative work," Shatkin notes.
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Career #5: Writer

Do you feel most comfortable when you're up to your eyeballs in research and facts - with not a person in sight? Then you might have a calling as a writer.
"Shhhh!" Factor: Quiet people often have a great ability to concentrate on slogging through information, Shatkin says. This kind of endurance can be a prized skill for writers, who, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, need to demonstrate strong research and proper citation methods to establish credibility in their work.
Writers produce work for many different mediums. In addition to writing for books and magazines, writers might create content for an advertisement, website, or TV or film script, according to the Department of Labor.
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Yes, writing is often a solitary endeavor, but a supporting cast is needed to see manuscripts through to publication. As a writer, you would likely communicate regularly with an editor or client, the Department notes.
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Career #6: Survey Researcher

Surveys are used regularly to help organizations test the waters of public opinion, but did you ever wonder who designs the questions? Survey researchers - that's who. If you're one for long hours of quiet contemplation, this could be the career for you.
"Shhhh!" Factor: The listening skills that seem to go hand-in-hand with quiet personalities can be the key to designing surveys that deliver reliable, meaningful results, Shatkin says.
No, surveys won't tell you how they should be designed, but your employers might. "Part of [survey research] is finding out what someone needs to learn from the survey, and that requires really listening," Shatkin says.
As a survey researcher, you could enjoy a good amount of silent work - like researching the survey topic, determining the best method for accurately capturing the desired information, or using statistical software to analyze the results, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Just note that you won't be spending all of your time on Silent Street. Survey researchers can also be responsible for conducting surveys themselves by facilitating focus groups or interviewing people over the phone or in-person, according to the Department of Labor.
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Six Careers That Are High In Salary, Short on School

Good-Pay Jobs With An Associate's

Earning a bachelor's isn't necessary to pursue these hot, high-paying careers.

By Danielle Blundell
Want to make a career switch to a more lucrative field, but worried about starting from scratch in terms of education requirements? We hear you loud and clear. Earning a degree can be a strain on your time, energy, and money, so it's not a decision to take lightly.
But what if we told you that some well-paying jobs might not require four long years of preparation in school? It's true - you could spend as little as two years in school and pursue a high-paying job upon completion.
To make your own career search a little simpler, we've homed in on a few fields that are worth looking into for their short-on-school, big-on-pay potential. Read on for our picks.

Career #1: Paralegal

Median Annual Salary*: $46,990
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $75,410
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $29,420
Think you might have what it takes to prepare facts and search for witnesses for a big case? Then a career as a paralegal might be a good option for you. The best news of all? You could pursue this path without ever stepping foot into law school and still manage to be compensated quite nicely year after year.
What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, paralegals might help lawyers stay on top of duties such as drafting correspondence, preparing and filing documents for court use, and conducting research for cases.
Why It Pays: Even though paralegals don't go to law school, Cheryl Lynch Simpson, an Ohio-based job search coach and owner of ExecutiveResumeRescue.com, points out that a lot of the skills paralegals must possess are the same as lawyers themselves.
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"Sometimes paralegals know more about the given cases, because they've done all the prep and grunt work behind the scenes, and the lawyer's the one that comes out to present in court," she says. "Because of that skill set, pay is high. It's a combination of having that legal mind - being probing and investigative - and balancing just a huge workload of research that involves critical thinking."
How To Prepare: According to the Department of Labor, most paralegals have either an associate's degree in paralegal studies or a bachelor's degree in a different field and a certificate in paralegal studies. Some firms may hire candidates with bachelor's degrees and then provide them with on-the-job related training, says the Department.

Career #2: Registered Nurse

Median Annual Salary*: $65,470
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $94,720
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $45,040
Ever been told you're the empathetic type? Well, why not cash in on your good nature and pursue a career in nursing, where you could be paid pretty well to care for the sick and elderly? What's even better is that you won't have to worry about investing multiple years of your life in medical school.
What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nurses monitor and operate medical equipment, record patients' medical histories and symptoms, and educate patients and family members on caring for their ailments.
Why It Pays: "The pay for a RN is high partly because it's a specialized field," says Simpson. "The level of technological proficiency is rising every year, too, and being a nurse requires some medical understanding that you have to have to perform the job."
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Another contributing factor to high pay, says Simpson, is the human component and high risk associated with practicing nursing. "You need interpersonal skills and that attention to detail here, too, because, quite frankly, one mistake could mean life or death."
How to Prepare: According to the Department of Labor, RNs usually complete one of three paths to pursue the job: a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or an approved nursing diploma program. RNs must also have a license.

Career #3: Police Officer

Median Annual Salary*: $55,270
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $89,310
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $32,350
If you've got great gut instincts and street smarts, you might want to think about pursuing a career as a police officer. And you don't have to spend years in school to prepare or to potentially see a good paycheck.
What They Do: Cops do much more than what the famous television series of the same name might lead you to believe. In addition to responding to calls and enforcing laws, the U.S. Department of Labor says officers might write detailed forms, prepare court cases, and appear in court to testify, too.
Why It Pays: For Simpson, a career as a police officer pays well, because it's a protective service that's absolutely necessary in society and can be quite dangerous on a day-to-day basis.
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"In a society that's increasingly violent, police officers play an important role by protecting people and property," she says. "It's a highly valued job, as it should be, and compensation reflects that. Not all people can be officers and do the job well."
How to Prepare: At a minimum, the Department of Labor says candidates must be high school graduates (or GED earners), at least 21 years old, and able to successfully pass a rigorous physical exam. Candidates must also graduate from the local police academy. According to the Department, "many agencies require some college coursework or a college degree."

Career #4: Dental Hygienist

Median Annual Salary*: $70,210
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $96,280
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $46,540
Think about it: Your smile wouldn't be the same without brushing, flossing, and that regular professional cleaning performed by a dental hygienist. Turns out honing this craft can take less time than going to dental school but still pays big.
What They Do: The U.S. Department of Labor says dental hygienists often clean and examine teeth to look for signs of oral disease. They may also educate patients on proper oral hygiene and ways to prevent diseases, says the Department of Labor.
Why It Pays: For Simpson, the technical skills required to pursue a job as a dental hygienist along with the essential tasks make for a fairly high-paying profession.
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"Not everyone can or is willing to put their hands in somebody's mouth," says Simpson. "In fact, all dentistry-related occupations are high on the list of hated jobs, and that's why salaries in this field can be high."
How to Prepare: While every state has specific certification requirements, an associate's degree in dental hygiene is typically needed to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, according to the Department. Every state also requires dental hygienists to be licensed, the Department notes.

Career #5: Computer Programmer

Median Annual Salary*: $74,280
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $117,890
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $42,850
Were you the kind of person that tricked out your Myspace page by editing the CSS scripts? Or maybe you've published your own website and have experience manipulating code? You could parlay those coding fundamentals into a potentially high-paying career as a computer programmer by earning just an associate's degree.
What They Do: Computer programmers may utilize their deep knowledge of different programming languages such as C++ to create and modify software applications, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Common tasks might include debugging program code and designing flowcharts to help plan software coding, the Department of Labor notes.
Why It Pays: "A job as a computer programmer is part of the most reliable, high-paying occupation cluster out there right now that doesn't require an advanced degree," says Simpson.
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"It's hot, and it's going to stay hot simply because the ability to maximize technology and marry that with people skills is not something that everyone possesses. You have to be able to understand languages and how a computer works, and then be able to communicate that to others," she says.
How to Prepare: According to the Department, while most computer programmers have a bachelor's degree, some employers hire workers with an associate's degree. Most of these professionals pursue a degree in computer science or a related field.

Career #6: Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Median Annual Salary*: $34,160
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $56,200
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $22,250
Want to get in on the big business of health care, but know you don't have the desire to work one-on-one with patients? Well, professional certification may be all you need to pursue a behind-the-scenes career as a medical records and health information technician.
What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical records and health information technicians might organize and maintain patients' medical information. They may also be responsible for helping keep patient information private and confidential, says the Department of Labor.
Why It Pays: Simpson says that salaries are high for medical records and health information technicians, relative to the amount of education required to pursue the job. This is due to a "perfect storm of a few things - the regulatory environment that surrounds medical information, the fact that Obamacare is going to require different levels of privacy for medical records, and the fact that medical data is being computerized rapidly right now," she says.
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"The people that make these systems work are going to be key to health care in the future by accurately recording data so the right caregivers and patients can access and understand it," says Simpson.
How to Prepare: According to the Department, medical records and health information technicians usually need a postsecondary certificate, although it also notes that these workers may have an associate's degree. Many employers also require professional certification from one of several organizations, says the Department, which can involve graduating from an approved program and/or passing an exam.

The Top Majors Employers Want To Hire

Degrees Employers Want

Studying the right major in college could greatly improve your job prospects after graduation.

By Lia Sestric
If you're in the market for a new job, you know how important it is for your resume to stand out from the pack. But you may not realize how much your degree takes center stage. In fact, the degree on your resume could mean the difference between sealing the deal and getting tossed out.
It's true. Findings from "2013 Job Outlook," a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), suggest that certain degrees may put you in a better position for employment than others.
After surveying 244 employers, the NACE determined which six degrees are at the top of employers' lists when it comes to hiring.
So before you commit to one field of study, why not find out where the odds are in your favor? Keep reading to learn about six degrees that most employers will find impressive.

In-Demand Degree #1: Finance

What's the degree most sought-after by employers according to the NACE study? Finance. Nearly 67 percent of businesses surveyed said they planned on hiring applicants holding this degree.
Finance majors practice making investment decisions, work with complex computer programs, and learn how to manage a budget, according to the College Board, an organization that promotes higher education and administers the SAT exam.
Why It's Impressive: It boils down to money, says Stuart Mease, director of undergraduate career services at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business.
"The financial work the person is doing is either generating or saving money for these companies," he says.
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That's because they're able to understand numbers and income statements, and that information helps managers make better decisions about the business, Mease says. Managers can use this information to generate additional revenue or cut costs, so that's why finance degrees are in demand.
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In-Demand Degree #2: Computer and Information Sciences

Coming in at a close second on the NACE list is computer and information sciences (CIS), with about 65.3 percent of surveyed employers saying they planned on hiring graduates with this major.
The College Board says that information science majors learn how people interact with information. They might take courses like information architecture and database management. On the other hand, computer science majors learn how people interact with computers and might take courses such as computer system organization and software engineering.
Why It's Impressive: "It's very difficult, just like learning a different language," says Mease. "Not everyone can speak computer language."
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Plus, the need for computer and information science majors is only going to grow from here, says Mease, as business operations depend more on technology to operate smoothly.
"We are moving from a tangible manufacturing economy to a digital manufacturing economy," Mease says. "Instead of producing widgets we are producing Web and mobile apps."
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In-Demand Degree #3: Accounting

Accounting holds the third place on NACE's list of in-demand bachelor's. In fact, about 59 percent of companies expected to hire graduates who studied this field. So if calculating numbers is your forte, you may want to focus your efforts on this number-crunching major.
The College Board says that "accounting majors learn how to gather, record, analyze, interpret, and communicate information about an individual's or organization's financial performance and risks." Tax accounting, business law, and auditing are some of the courses the College Board says accompany this major.
Why It's Impressive: It comes down to showing you're serious about your career, says Mease. "If [the student is] willing to commit to the grind of studying and mastering this skill, then it shows their maturity level and desire."
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Plus, he adds that the curriculum can be difficult. "The content is harder to master because you have to be exactly correct [with the numbers]. Plus, in order to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam you must have 150 semester hours of credit, which is usually 20-30 more credits needed to graduate," says Mease. Talk about showing dedication.
While you don't have to become a CPA to be considered for a position, Mease says it does lead to more opportunities.
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In-Demand Degree #4: Business Administration and Management

Business administration and management is the fourth most sought-out bachelor's degree, according to NACE. Nearly 55.6 percent of employers surveyed said they're planning to hire students with this degree. So if you're business savvy, you may want to get off to a good start by studying this major.
Some of the coursework business administration and management majors complete includes marketing, economics, and business policy and strategy, says the College Board. It also notes that the program "prepares students to plan, organize, direct, and control an organization's activities."
Why It's Impressive: It's a versatile degree, says Mease. "It's the most general major that has a lot of street credibility," he says. For example, in a small business setting, this degree may be helpful for working on multiple projects.
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On the other hand, degree-holders in this major fill a lot of sales, business development, customer service, or retail positions, says Mease.
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In-Demand Degree #5: Mechanical Engineering

Half of all employers who shared their hiring plans said they expected to employ mechanical engineering graduates, according to NACE, making this degree the most sought-after in the engineering field.
The College Board says "as a mechanical engineering major, you'll learn the science behind machines and the energy that makes them work. You'll also apply what you learn by creating your own machines." Major courses could include circuit analysis, dynamics, materials science, and mechanical design fundamentals.
Why It's Impressive: Since a mechanical engineer is the glue that holds everything together, employers find a mechanical engineering degree an asset, says Michael Mercer, CEO of The Mercer Group, a management consulting and executive search firm, and author of "Job Hunting Made Easy."
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"Everything that is manufactured requires a mechanical engineer. It is the core of technology," he says. "Mechanical engineers actually have to combine a number of types of engineering: industrial, electrical, civil. It's a good, all-around degree."
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In-Demand Degree #6: Management Information Systems

Not in the top five - but certainly tailing close behind - is management information systems (MIS). On this list NACE ranks it sixth, with 49.5 percent of companies surveyed planning to hire students who completed this degree.
As the College Board notes, "MIS majors study information systems and their use in business and other organizations. They learn about computer databases, networks, computer security, and more." Database design, ecommerce, networks, and telecommunications are just a few examples of possible courses for this major, the College Board adds.
Why It's Impressive: This major is in demand because companies like to have employees "who have a general understanding of computer science but can also couple business skills with the technical side," Mease says.
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"They can articulate why an app or technology can benefit the corporation and can communicate to software developers what needs to be done," he says.
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Seven Degrees That Fit Your Busy Schedule

Degrees For Busy Schedules

Studying your degree online could be a way to fit school into your busy schedule and prepare to advance in your career.

By Andrea Argueta
You've been telling yourself that you'll get that degree when your schedule clears up, but that just hasn't happened. And neither has pursuing that promotion or high-paying career because you feel you're not prepared. But don't give up just yet.
Yes, there's the full-time job, the chores, and of course, the kids. But you might have pockets of spare time during lunch, on the weekends, or when the kids are at soccer practice. That's your window of opportunity right there. How? By studying online.
"Online degree programs provide flexibility and convenience," says Lori McClaren, director of online programs at William Peace University's School of Professional Studies. "Students are able to complete course readings and assignments as their schedules permit and do not have to worry about being in a specific location at a given time on a weekly basis."
And yes, flexible programs are a good option, but remember that they are not for everyone. McClaren warns that self-discipline needed for online education could be a drawback for some. "Students must become more self-directed in their learning and assume a greater amount of responsibility for learning the content."
Still think this could be a good way to further your education and prep for exciting new career opportunities? Then keep reading to find out which online degrees could work with your busy schedule.

Online Degree #1: Business Administration

Has your busy schedule kept you from learning the ins and outs of running a firm? If so, earning your business administration degree online could give you the flexibility you need to make it happen. And it might also give you a more global perspective.
"Online programs tend to draw students from all over the country and world," says McClaren. "This greatly increases the diversity within the course and provides discourse among those from vastly different communities, regions, and cultures."
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What You'll Learn: In a business administration and management program, you'll learn how to plan and control an organization's activities, says the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT exam. You might also practice solving business problems by discussing case studies while taking courses like financial management, marketing, and business policy and strategy.
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Online Degree #2: Accounting

You're great at keeping track of your family's expenses and think you could do it professionally, but you haven't found the time to pursue your accounting degree. This could be a great opportunity for you to study your degree online. Not only would you be able to do coursework during your downtime, but you could also get a taste of how accountants communicate today.
"Much of the communication has become digital," explains McClaren. "Professionals in the accounting field are able to interact and engage with colleagues around the globe through social media and other collaborative tools that foster communication and collaboration." Online accounting students get an opportunity to practice using these tools just by working and communicating with other students remotely, says McClaren.
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What You'll Learn: As an accounting major, you'll learn how to gather information about an organization's financial performance, as well as how to analyze it and communicate it to others, says the College Board. You'll also learn to create balance sheets, use accounting information systems, and prepare tax filings.
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Online Degree #3: Graphic Design

Haven't found the time to brush up on your design skills? Consider enrolling in an online graphic design program, which could expose you to today's technologies, without getting in the way of your hectic schedule.
McClaren says online graphic design majors take full advantage of the latest technologies in the field - such as WordPress, iCloud, and Google Apps - to learn and to display their work. And that could give you a leg up in the professional world, as she says that today the growing graphic design industry is also taking full advantage of the new technologies and social media to create and share designs.
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What You'll Learn: If you enroll in a graphic design program, you'll learn how to use "cutting-edge" computer programs as well as how to put together a portfolio, says the College Board You'll also study the design skills needed to create the right look for websites or magazines while taking classes like Photoshop for designers, typography, and production design.
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Online Degree #4: Health Care Administration

Would you like to pursue a management role in the health care field, but haven't had time to prepare? An online health care administration program could work with your busy schedule and allow you to get the education you want - no matter where you live.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health care administration degrees allow students to specialize to work in different facilities, "such as a hospital, a nursing care home, a mental health facility, or a group medical practice." McClaren points out, however, that your particular program of interest might not be available at the schools you live near, and this is where online learning can come into play.
"No longer tied to a home location, online degree programs enable students to follow a degree track that best meets their career goals, while also meeting their individual needs."
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What You'll Learn: In a health services administration program, you'll learn about overseeing health care facilities and study the laws affecting the health care industry, says the College Board. While you prepare to make a difference in hospitals, nursing homes, and other types of organizations, you might take courses like health care finance, epidemiology, and human resources management.
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Online Degree #5: Information Technology

Have you been putting off enrolling in an IT program because you can't commit to the class schedules? If so, take advantage of today's technology and consider pursuing your degree online.
And using today's technologies to study your degree has another advantage. "Many online IT courses serve not only as a means for learning content but as a model of best practices," says McClaren. "The technology becomes multi-functional in that it not only aids in the delivery of the course but it also serves as a tool for learning." For example, she says students can learn about good Web design through an online course that adheres to the guidelines and policies of good Web design.
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What You'll Learn: You can expect to take courses like C++ programming, computer networking, Web technologies, and more, says the College Board. Your program will basically focus on learning how computing systems support business needs.
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Online Degree #6: Criminal Justice

Do you love following high-profile court cases on the news whenever you have a break in your schedule? If so, earning an online degree in criminal justice could be right for you.
You could still use your downtime to read up on court cases, but you could also learn how cases are handled in other states. "One of the many benefits to online programs in this field is that it provides students with the opportunity to access and learn about laws and cases in different states," says McClaren. Plus, you might even get to discuss them with professionals. McClaren says you could spend your time interacting virtually with experts in the field.
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What You'll Learn: The College Board says this is an interdisciplinary major, so you can expect to study everything from psychology and pubic administration, to law and sociology. You'll also take classes that are more focused on your major, such as victimology, juvenile justice, policing society, and more.
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Online Degree #7: Psychology

You love to listen to others and try to understand their way of thinking. In fact, you'd like to dig deeper by studying a psychology degree but your full-time job keeps getting in the way. Sound familiar? Then consider pursuing this program online, as you could study up when you get home from work and still get to interact with others.
And how will this interaction take place? Well, "students can use a variety of online labs, access streaming seminars, engage in panel discussions, and have virtual access to experts within the field," says McClaren. Students learn how to communicate with peers, colleagues, and patients using these tools, she says.
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What You'll Learn: If you're fascinated with life's complex topics, you'll love this degree. According to the College Board, you'll study the way humans act and feel. Complicated enough, right? Well, you might not stop there. You might also ask yourself what the roots of violence are and the best way to help someone with an eating disorder. And as for classes, you can also expect courses on deep topics such as abnormal psychology, personality, and neuroscience.
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