Online education is a booming industry for one simple reason – it provides an affordable avenue for individuals to gain new skills and certifications without leaving their current jobs to pursue full-time study.
You might find yourself wondering – which courses provide the greatest possible increase to my future earnings potential?
We’ve compiled a list of the 5 top professional fields where certificate or diploma-level courses online can lead to jobs with higher salaries:
1.Business Development Managers
Business Development Managers (BDMs) can expect to earn around $79,000 per year, with the potential to earn even more as your technical skills in a given area of industry niche are improved over time. This role also often offers pathways for promotions to Sales Manager or Sales Director positions. BDMs are often offered a base salary and a commission based on sales performance, meaning your earnings could fluctuate based on market and organizational conditions.
2.Project Manager (Construction)
Project Managers in the building and construction industry can expect to earn between $69,500 and $99,000. The reason for the wide range of earnings potential is due to significant impact that experience has on the job market. Project Managers can also progress on to more senior roles such as Operations Managers or Group Project Management roles.
A purchase manager is in charge of ordering products for company to use or resell. They form a vital part of the supply chain and have a significant impact on the performance of the firm, and therefore can attract salaries of around $71,000. Similar roles such as Procurement Officers or Category Managers are less senior but also attract higher than average salaries.
Payroll Mangers can expect modest starting salaries, however earnings potential climbs sharply to over $80,000 after 5 or more years in the industry. You might need additional qualifications in local employment law or tax codes, which will also impact your expected salary. Payroll Managers could be a pathway role from Payroll Officer of Payroll Specialist positions
5.Health Safety Advisor
HSA’s perform risk assessments onsite to ensure that a company is following health and safety regulations and providing a safe work environment for employees. Advisors can expect a starting salary of around $70,000 and can expect this to increase to over $90,000 after 5 to 10 years in the workforce.
The courses listed above can be completed through online providers, many offering certified qualifications. Course costs will range from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on the nature of the qualification – however in some cases you may be eligible for state student loans. Courses can take anywhere from a few months to 2 years to complete.
We recommend speaking to a professional guidance counselor with a speciality in your desired field or industry before enrolling in any online courses. Good luck!