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5 Meaningful Degrees You Didn’t Know You Could Earn Online

“Doing what you love, the way you like to do it, is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” – Albert Einstein

Biomedical engineer. Video game developer. Forensic investigator. Non-profit director. Many of us grow up dreaming about careers like these.

There’s something special about aligning professional aspirations with your passions… An excitement in a job championed by individuals we admire… An integrity in solving problems that make people’s lives a little healthier, safer or more accessible.

With the number of students engaging in online education continuing to rise, it’s common knowledge that degree programs offered online provide the flexibility to earn a degree without needing to ever step foot in a physical classroom. From business degrees like marketing and finance to science degrees such as biology or chemistry, a variety of online program and course offerings continues to make the democratization of education possible.

Many current and prospective students might be surprised to discover the highly-specialized degrees they can earn online. Here are some of the most surprising degrees you can earn completely online at Arizona State University.

1. Biochemistry (BS)

What they do: Interested in applying to medical, dental or pharmacy school? The first online lab science degree of its kind, ASU’s online Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry offers students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on lab experience through a digital modality – a significant benefit in preparation for competitive graduate program applications.

Fostering students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, ASU Online’s biochemistry bachelor’s degree guides students toward excelling across scientific careers such as chemical, government, research, education and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Related careers and salaries:

  • Medical Lab Technician: $38,370
  • Scientist/Biochemist: $84,940
  • Pharmacist: $120,950

2.  Sustainability Leadership (MSL)

What they do: ASU Online’s Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL) prepares professionals to advance social and environmental responsibility by teaching organizational leadership skills through the lens of sustainability.

This program equips graduates to integrate sustainability into both existing institutions and new enterprises and centers around four unique themes that prepare students to lead organizational change: leadership for sustainability, sustainability and strategy, communications and change management and global context of sustainability. Graduates of this program are trained sustainability experts.

Related careers and salaries:

  • Sustainability Specialist: $72,408
  • Urban and Regional Planner: $63,929
  • Chief Sustainability Officer: $201,460

3. Healthy Lifestyles Coaching (BS)

What they do: ASU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles Coaching) combines exercise and wellness, nutrition and health sciences to provide students with a robust background in preventative health care.

This unparalleled multifaceted program provides students with universal skills applicable to almost any industry within health care and allows students to connect with faculty and professionals to discuss healthy eating, stress management and more – all from the convenience of the home.

Related careers and salaries:

  • Health Educators: $50,430
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists: $69,210
  • Medical and Health Services Managers: $92,810

4. Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM)

What they do: ASU’s online Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program is geared toward professionals who work or desire to work in the nonprofit sector.

Students within this program gain leadership skills and knowledge in topics such as the management of human resources, fundraising, program evaluation and budgetary management – equipping them with the skills essential in working in the ever-changing nonprofit space.

Related careers and salaries:

  • Executive Director: $63,824
  • Fundraiser: $49,561
  • Social and Community Service Manager: $65,287

5. International Public Health (BIPH)

What they do: ASU’s online Bachelor of International Public Health is a joint program offered through the PLuS Alliance, which offers students the opportunity to build and strengthen the international public health workforce and includes jointly developed and delivered coursework in comparative and indigenous health systems from three leading universities: ASU, UNSW Sydney and King’s College London.

This unique program allows students to demonstrate their knowledge through their completion of a capstone experience in an area of interest – preparing graduates for careers in global health policy, data and informatics, systems thinking and community-based care.

Related careers and salaries:

  • Community Health Worker: $33,520
  • Clinical Research Coordinator: $52,968
  • Health Program Manager: $94,098

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