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              Announces Most Popular Online Degrees in 2010

       By Jenny Foust
       Dated: Feb 11, 2010

       Nursing, Religion and Psychology Programs are Among the Top as People Seek Careers that Lend a
       Helping Hand During this Economic Downturn

       Hoboken, NJ –As the U.S. economy continues to regain its footing, online degree programs for helping
       professions are in high demand, according to’s ( list of the most
       popular online degree programs. is a web resource of EducationDynamics, which connects
       prospective students with online degrees. Although online business administration degrees were the most
       popular programs searched for or inquired about on, five of the top ten spots were for
       helping professions, such as nursing, psychology, religion and early childhood education.

        “What we’re seeing is that during this economic downturn people are looking for careers that help others,”
       said Terrence Thomas, Executive Vice President of Marketing for “Business programs will
       typically lead the way, but an interesting trend worth noting is that more people are seeking careers that
       lend a helping hand as shown in the growth of our online religion and nursing programs.”

        The top ten online degree programs for January 2010 according to, which are ranked based
       on the top searches and inquiries made by prospective students on its site include:

        1. Business Administration and MBA
        2. Nursing
        3. Psychology
        4. Criminal Justice
        5. Health Administration
        6. Religion
        7. Early Childhood Education
        8. Counseling
        9. Accounting
        10. Human Services

        Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows employment for many of the “helping professions” is
       expected to increase in the next ten years:

        •Job prospects in human services are expected to be excellent, especially for prospective employees with
       applicable postsecondary education. Employment for social and human services assistants is expected to
       grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018.

        •In the criminal justice field, the employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to
       increase 22 percent as security concerns increase and criminal activity grows on the Internet.

        •Between 2008 and 2018, the number of jobs for registered nurses is expected to increase by nearly
       600,000 (more than 20 percent), making it one of the fastest growing occupations.

        •Health administration is another booming industry, with jobs in medical billing and as medical
       administrative assistants expected to increase by nearly 20 percent between 2008 and 2018.

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 •Counseling will likely see significant growth between 2008 and 2018. Overall employment of counselors
is expected to increase by 18 percent; however, the outlook for some specialties is even brighter.
Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24 percent; substance abuse and
behavioral disorder counselors by 21 percent; and rehabilitation counselors by 19 percent.

 •Psychology, which was the second most requested online degree program on, has
encouraging news as well. The psychology field is expected to experience a 12 percent increase in jobs
between 2008 and 2018, with most of these openings in schools, hospitals and social service agencies.

 “Although there is recognition that the caring fields are growing and will have plenty of opportunity, the
reason for choosing these fields goes deeper than that,” said Ayn Fox, a Master Certified Coach by the
International Coach Federation and a Career Coach for’s “Empowerment Tour” and
“Women Who Rule the World” events. “Listening to hundreds of individuals as I traveled around the
country this summer, I heard over and over that people want a career that makes a difference. They want to
touch others and help them create a better quality of life. Many people are reevaluating what is important
to them, and are choosing careers that have less to do with making large amounts of money – and more to
do with working toward a larger purpose.”

 For students looking for online degree programs, offers more than 4,100 online degrees and
certificates and more than 6,500 courses from accredited online colleges and universities. To help students
learn more about online education and to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, offers the Guide to Online Education. also created the Debt-Free College
Guide (, a one-stop resource designed to help current, former and prospective
students identify opportunities to get out from under the crushing burden of student loans.

For more information on and to search for online degree programs, visit

 About® is one of several high visibility websites operated by EducationDynamics. Since 1999, has been successfully connecting learners to online education, including online degree and
certificate programs, specialized career training, and a variety of online courses. For prospective students, provides a powerful search engine for users to find thousands of online degree program
offerings, as well as educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. For online colleges and
universities, the website offers a low-cost, performance-based method to provide national
exposure and increase enrollments in their online learning programs. For more information on, visit

 About EducationDynamics
 EducationDynamics, a portfolio company of Halyard Capital, is higher education's leading marketing
services company dedicated to helping institutions find, enroll and retain students. Its content-rich and
highly visible education websites, including,,,, and its more than 50 special interest microsites, make EducationDynamics the premier
provider of qualified prospective students for colleges and universities. In addition, the company offers a
full suite of Web-delivered services proven to drive enrollment growth and reduce student attrition.
Through its Market Research Services division, the company brings a decade of proprietary research,
unparalleled market and student intelligence, and best practice insights to its clients. For more information,


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Jenny Foust
(303) 433-7020 or (720) 244-4268

Category           Education
Tags               popular online degrees, popular online education, nursing degree, theology degree, psychology
degree, religion, degree
Email              Click to email author
Phone              303-433-7020
City/Town          Hoboken
State/Province New Jersey
Country            United States

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