Which Online Degree Is Right for You?

When it comes to choosing a degree, it is important to analyze your career goals. This includes the job’s education requirements, advancement possibilities, working conditions and available occupational specialties. Obtaining a degree you can use is just as important as owning one. Be sure to think about your present and future lifestyle when selecting your online degree program.

Part I

For this quiz, you will need to have a pen and paper handy. Write down the number of the statement that best describes your desired working conditions.

1. I want a career where I can work primarily Monday through Friday; dayshift hours.

2. Flexibility is important to me. I need to be able to work a variety of hours, shifts and days of the week; including daytime, night time and weekend shifts.

3. My life is busy. I’m looking for a degree that will enable me to work flexible hours and work from multiple locations; including both in-house and home-based office locations.

4. I’m undecided and open for suggestions.

Part II

Similar to Part I, choose the answer that best describes your ideal office environment.

A. I like working independently as much as possible. Just tell me what to do and I’m on it.

B. Managing is a role I would enjoy. I feel comfortable providing others with guidance and when the job needs completing; I am willing to jump in and help.

C. Interacting and talking with others keeps me going. I like to collaborate as much as possible and definitely consider myself a team player.

Part III

Now it’s time to interpret the results and see what careers are best suited for your needs. To get your answer, combine the number and letter you selected to correspond with a match below. If your answer was:

1A. You sound like you would be perfect for the typical 9 to 5 career. Working independently, a degree in the accounting field would suit you best.

1B. Managing is more of your style, done in a remote manner. You are well suited for executive managerial roles such as managing accounts, overseeing other managers and supervising a district or region. Select a degree in technology management or upper level business administration.

1C. You are the perfect candidate for an office job. As someone who likes working with others, you are open to being partnered, like giving presentations and feel comfortable in any assigned roles. Obtaining a degree in business, paralegal studies, or medical billing and coding are smart options.

2A. Preparing for a career to adjust to your ever-changing lifestyle is important. You may be a parent sharing day care, or be a military spouse needing schedule flexibility and shift choice. Prepare for a flexible career by completing a degree in criminal justice or nursing.

2B. Working in management is your goal; however you can not commit to the typical 9 to 5 schedule. Don’t worry; managers are needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accomplish your management goals by obtaining a degree in business administration or management.

2C. Having schedule flexibility is important and you like working with others. Prepare for these types of working conditions by selecting a degree in criminal justice, management or nursing.

3A. Working at a physical or virtual office location is important. You want to have the option to work for a company that can employ you full time, part time or as an independent contractor. Completing a degree in court reporting or information technology will help you achieve this goal.

3B. Managing your own business or operating a business specializing in property management would be perfect for you. Make this dream a reality by graduating with a degree in business administration or management.

3C. Working in a virtual team environment suits you. As a person who is comfortable with office productivity software, you can see yourself working in an independent, yet collaborative environment using email, instant messaging, voice chat or other forms of virtual communication. Training for a degree in computer science, court reporting or information technology will help prepare you for this type of working environment.

4A. Since working independently is for you, explore degrees in accounting, nursing and criminal justice, as these all can be somewhat solitary career choices.

4B. As a person with management interests, this career choice is perfect for you. Management has a variety of schedule options and spans the range from entry to executive level careers. Consider undertaking a degree in business management or management today.

4C. Having a career that is home-based sounds perfect for you. Explore degree options in the fields of court reporting, computer science and information technology.

Part IV

Now that you know what degree area suits you best, look at each specialty area to find a job title of interest. Each job title is dependent on educational training levels, a position’s degree requirements and each company’s employment standards. The following sample job titles can help narrow down your prospective degree into a speciality area and help you set future goals. The jobs titles mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. They are for informational purposes only.

Accounting Job Titles – Bookkeeper, Budget Analyst, Chief Financial Officer, Claims Analyst, Controller, Cost Accountant, Cost Analyst, Finance Manager, Financial Advisor, General Accountant, Insurance Clerk, Loan Clerk, Payroll Specialist, Personal Financial Advisor.

Business Administration/Business Management Job Titles – Account Executive, Account Manager, Arbitrator, Benefits Supervisor, Brand Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Consultant, Director of Operations, Director of Purchasing, Facilities Manager, Human Resources Officer, Office Manager, Owner, Project Manager, Property Manager, Vice President of Sales.

Criminal Justice Job Titles – Campus Security Coordinator, Child Protection Investigator, Corrections Officer Candidate, Court Clerk, Detention Supervisor, Director of Security, Fraud Investigator, Loss Prevention Officer, Police Officer Candidate, Peace Officer Candidate, Probation Officer, Public Safety Officer Candidate, Security Supervisor.

Court Reporting Job Titles – Court Clerk, Court Reporter, Legal Secretary, Scopist.

Computer Science and Information Technology Job Titles – Application Developer, Compliance Specialist, Computer Programmer, Database Administrator, Database Architect, Information Systems Security Manager, Information Technology Director, Information Technology Project Manager,  Network Administrator, Network Security Administrator,  Networking Specialist, Project Manager, Systems Designer.

Financial Planning Job Titles – Employee Benefit Consultant, Estate Planner, Financial Planner, Investment Coordinator, Personal Financial Advisor.

Medical Billing and Coding Job Titles – Claims Processor, Coder, Insurance Verification Representative, Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Office Manager, Medical Records Specialist.

Nursing Job Titles – Charge Nurse, Home Healthcare Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Nursing Administration, Nursing Assistant Instructor, Patient Care Coordinator, Public Health Nurse, School Nurse.

Paralegal Job Titles – Court Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Paralegal.

Part V

Did you see a job title of interest? Find your chosen career area below to select a program of study for an online Bachelor’s degree or online Master’s degree.

Business and Management Degree Concentrations

Associate of Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Healthcare Management
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – International Business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Project Management
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Property Management
Bachelor of Science in Financial Forensics
Bachelor of Science in Financial Planning
Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
Executive MBA
Master of Science in Business Administration
Master of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
Master of Science in Business Administration – Environmental and Social Sustainability
Master of Science in Business Administration – Finance
Master of Science in Business Administration – Healthcare Management
Master of Science in Business Administration – Human Resource Management
Master of Science in Business Administration – Logistics/Supply Chain Management
Master of Science in Business Administration – Marketing
Master of Science in Business Administration – Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Master of Science in Business Administration – Operations Management
Master of Science in Business Administration – Technology Management
Master of Science in Management
Master of Science in Management – Business Management
Master of Science in Management – Homeland Security
Master of Science in Management – Project Management
Doctor of Management – Environmental and Social Sustainability
Doctor of Management – Homeland Security
Doctor of Management – Organizational Development and Change

Criminal Justice and Public Administration Degree Concentrations

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science in Court Reporting
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Human Services
Master of Science in Management – Criminal Justice

Engineering and Computer Science Degree Concentrations

Doctor of Computer Science
Doctor of Computer Science – Enterprise Information Systems

Health Science Degree Concentrations

Associate of Science in Medical Coding and Billing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Information Systems and Technology Degree Concentrations

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Network Management
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Software Systems Engineering
Master of Science in Management – Information Systems Security
Master of Science in Management – IT Management

Programs vary by location and are subject to change.  Job titles mentioned are not outcomes for CTU degree programs, but are meant for informational purposes only.

Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504) www.ncahlc.org.

CTU does not guarantee employment, salary, or performance of graduates.


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