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Five Top Online Degrees For Single Parents

So you’re a single parent. It’s not easy.

You don’t always know what to do or how you’ll make ends meet. You feel like you can’t do what you have always dreamed of being able to do with your life.

Being a single parent is hard, but it doesn’t have to make what you want to do with your life impossible. It just means you might have to take some more time to accomplish those dreams.

It might mean making a few more compromises in life to achieve the life you want for you and your kids.

For many single parents going back to school and earning a degree seems impossible because it’s expensive and it can take up a lot of time. There are a growing number of Americans who are deciding to achieve their education online.

Going back to school online has many benefits such as allowing you to have more time at home while your raise your family and it’s typically easier on your family finances as you only have one primary source of income to provide for your family.

Here are the top five degrees a single parent can earn online.

Computer Information Technology

Single parents seeking to improve their earning power in the field of information technology should take advantage of getting an undergraduate and master’s degree in the area of information technology. This is an expanding field with impressive salaries.

For example, a master’s degree in information technology can lead to a position like computer systems analyst. This job is considered one of the best jobs a person can get.  It has a median salary of nearly $80,000.


A master’s degree in nursing provides the opportunity to make fantastic money, and it can be achieved online. It is also almost an ironclad clad protection for job security in the rapidly expanding area of health.

A master’s in nursing is the direct path to becoming a nurse practitioner. According to a journal of the American Public Health Association the growth rate for nurse practitioner jobs is over 90 percent.

Electrical Engineering

An online master in electrical engineering helps electrical engineers further their already lucrative careers by offering advanced and specific technical knowledge in specialties in the field.

The online master’s degree in electrical engineering greatly benefits specialized fields in electronics, microelectronics, signal processing and communications systems.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech pathologists work full-time in most cases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of pathologists work in schools, which makes it a personally and financially rewarding field. Single parents can obtain a master’s online easily, and there was a pay spike in the field in recent years too.


An MBA leads down a path to many careers and opportunities, and it can be earned online now too. An advanced degree in business administration is famous for impressing employers.

It opens the door for high paying entry level occupations like market research analysts. The sky is the limit with this degree.

These five degrees can all be completed online. They are all professional degrees that can give you a competitive edge in getting the career of your dreams, whatever that may be for you.  

Being able to earn a degree online would change the life of a single parent. It doesn’t have to be something that is impossible anymore for single parents though it will still be challenging, but it’s achievable. The five areas listed above offer amazing opportunities for money and advancement.

About The Author

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

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