These Six Degree Programs Out-Smart Job Automation

What’s your motivation for earning a degree online? Whether it’s vying for a promotion or adapting to industry changes, pursuing a degree is a growing trend among professionals looking for a competitive edge. A recent study found that 72 percent of adult learners are pursuing education to compete with advancements in their fields[1]. Further, 69 percent of respondents fear that emerging technologies will dramatically change their jobs within the next five years.

The job market is in a state of flux as the rise of technology continues to transform multiple industries, putting them on the fast track to more automated systems. Jobs in retail, predictive labor and customer service are starting to feel the pressure with modest projections estimating that nearly 30 percent of hours worked globally could be automated by 2030[2] [3] [4].

However, the jobs that require human care, social interactions, managing people and applying expertise are still performed best by people, not machines, reflecting opportunities for growth. Pursuing a degree in one of these growing areas can open pathways to a promising career. Not sure which degree program is right for you? We’ve rounded up the six most popular degrees for online students within the past year. Not only do these degree tracks allow for flexible learning, they’re also designed to meet the demands of an evolving job market.  

The Six Most Popular ASU Online Degrees

1. Psychology

Develop skills in writing, critical thinking and quantitative and qualitative research methods in this popular program. With the guidance of experienced faculty, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can specialize in clinical psychology, cognitive systems, behavioral neuroscience, health psychology and more. At ASU Online, this degree program is fast track eligible, which means graduates can either continue onto a post-bac program or start their career right away. Career prospects include roles such as Clinical Data Managers, Forensic Science Technicians and Occupational Therapists.

2. Electrical Engineering

Ranked in the top 25 percent of all U.S. accredited engineering programs, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offers a BSE in Electrical Engineering that equips you for the future of global engineering. The program curriculum incorporates practical hardware, industry-standard design, simulation tools and real-world experiences. More importantly, this degree prepares you for an increasing reliance on sustainable wind and solar technologies to satisfy energy needs. Career options include Wind Energy Engineering, Solar Energy Systems Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

3. Information Technology

Learn how to design and create effective solutions to tomorrow’s knowledge-based, cybersecurity problems with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Hone your team and presentation skills with project-based solutions within a primary focus area like networking and security, information management or enterprise computing. Spending on information-technology services is predicted to increase by 25 percent in the next 15 years, which translates into significant job growth. Apply your degree as a Computer Systems Analyst, Information Security Analyst or Database Administrator (DBA).

4. Organizational Leadership

Develop leadership skills that help organizations function successfully with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Whether you’re currently in a leadership position or plan to seek one in the future, this program will refine your skills in problems solving, effective communication, program assessment, resource management and more. Additionally, it will equip you with the knowledge on how to best use emerging technologies to meet organizational goals. Career prospects include roles such as Medical and Health Services Manager, Marketing Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer.     

5. Criminology and Criminal Justice

Join ASU’s nationally recognized program for the opportunity to learn from leading professors and prestigious criminal justice professionals with expertise in policing, gangs, fraud, corrections and courts. A Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares you for a career in the criminal justice system and corporate security, including roles like Crime Scene Investigator, Fraud Investigator and Social Worker.

6. Interdisciplinary Studies

Interested in multiple fields and want to design your own degree? The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers you the opportunity to design your major around several interests. Choose from over 140 concentrations including Engineering Management, Global Health, Political Science, Sustainability and more. Develop skills in written communication, versatility, self-assessment and critical thinking and learn how to effectively navigate tomorrow’s dynamic world.

These programs have proven to be some of our most popular and offer opportunities for a multitude of career paths following graduation. Meeting the demands of an evolving job market is possible with a degree from ASU Online. We offer over 170 additional programs and classes every 7.5 weeks.


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