Online Career Training

Online training options are available in a variety of fields and can help individuals pursue specialized careers without having to commit to a full degree. Learn how hands-on work is incorporated into these programs, whether through residency requirements or with at-home equipment, and learn how online courses are administered.

What Types of Online Career Training Programs Are Available to Me?

Online career training programs are available in for a number of professions and fields, including auto mechanic, wind turbine technician, dental office assistant, medical transcription, childcare, fashion retailing and paralegal studies. Many online career training programs will let you enroll at any time and study at your own pace. Once you enroll, you'll probably be able to begin your classes immediately. Awards given at the end of your studies typically include a diploma or certificate.

Program Options Diploma or certificate from a program in a specific field
General Requirements In person training in a specific field, online instructional video sessions, internet access for discussion boards and email
Online Program Advantages Specialized training without general prerequisite courses, faster than a degree program, tailored to a specific career goal
Median Salary (2018)$40,710 (Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)6% growth (Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Will I Receive Any Hands-On Training?

You may be required to complete lab assignments for some programs. Programs, such as the auto mechanic program, will supply you with equipment, including a wrench set, illustrated textbooks and study guides, to help you train at home. You might also be able to learn from industry experts via online video. You can watch them as they demonstrate how to repair an automobile, as well as ask them questions online through email, chat rooms and discussion boards.

A wind turbine technician program might feature a 'training camp' at a wind farm, so you'll need to travel to a pre-determined location for this portion of the program. You'll study with wind energy education experts who will provide intense, hands-on training regarding wind turbines. Courses will be conducted online and educate students about wind turbine mechanics, benefits and computer systems.

Why Should I Choose Online Career Training Over an Online Degree Program?

Online career training programs provide specialized training in areas that fit your specific career goals. This can provide a fast track to the career you've always wanted. By enrolling in a career training program, you can eliminate all the general education requirements that need to be fulfilled prior to getting to the core of a degree program. By giving up a more well-rounded, general education, you may be limiting yourself when it comes to changing careers in the future, however you can always return to school later should you need additional training to begin a new career.

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