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Massachusetts ranks high in almost all quality-of-life areas--a strong tradition of education, great health care systems, high wages and a robust economy. According to an analysis by Money-Rates.com, Massachusetts' wages (highest of any state in the country) more than offset its high cost of living, putting it in sixth place in its ranking of 10 Best States for Making a Living. In addition, CNBC ranks Massachusetts first in education, second in access to capital--good for entrepreneurs--third in innovation and technology, and sixth in quality of life. In short, Massachusetts is brimming with diverse educational and economic opportunities for smart and motivated people.

Massachusetts Higher Ed for the Other 83 percent

Yes, Massachusetts is famous for education because Harvard and MIT are there. But only 7 percent of those who apply to Harvard get in, and only one in 10 applicants is accepted at MIT. And every one of those applicants was probably the smartest graduate in their respective high schools. How about the public schools? They're good, but Massachusetts' vaunted public higher education system is under pressure, and students are being asked to shoulder much of the cost. State taxpayers currently subsidize only about one-fifth of the UMass Dartmouth operating budget, and per-student spending in public higher education has plummeted faster in Massachusetts than in any other state, Jean F. MacCormack, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, wrote in the South Coast Today newspaper.

So if you aren't Einstein and you don't have a trust fund, where do you go? In Massachusetts, online schools provide access to higher education for those who prefer a flexible approach and the ability to learn at their own pace. Massachusetts online degree programs cover the same subjects you'd get at a brick and mortar institution--the difference is in the delivery, which allows you to work your school around your life instead of upending your life to accommodate your school. Furthermore, studies have shown that for-profit online schools are more efficient with their resources and money than public schools--a consideration when every dime counts. Massachusetts online schools and degree programs can be an efficient and workable way to complete your education and start your career.

Top Jobs in Growth Industries

Massachusetts' top employers are heavyweights in medicine, technology, finance, and education, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Fidelity Investments, and John Hancock Life Insurance.

Many careers in health, education, information technology and science are experiencing high rates of growth in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Labor compiled a list of 53 high-demand/high-wage/high-skilled occupations in the state. Here are just three of those careers:

  • Network systems and data communications analysts design, analyze, test, and evaluate network systems. These include local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and others. Most (56.1 percent) of people holding these positions possess a bachelor's degree or higher in computer systems analysis or a related field; 13.5 percent get in the door with an associate degree. Network systems and data communications analysts in Massachusetts earned a median income of $80,200 in 2009 and should see 43 percent job growth from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Dental hygienists are responsible for cleaning patients' teeth and helping educate them about oral hygiene. Over 50 percent of dental hygienists hold an associate degree and 30 percent hold a bachelor's degree. In Massachusetts, these professionals earned a median annual wage of $79,800 in 2009 and are expected to see 24 percent growth from 2008 to 2018, the BLS reports.
  • Financial analysts help individuals and institutions make investment decisions based on research and analysis of market information. Over 75 percent of financial examiners have earned a bachelor's degree or higher in finance, accounting, or taxation, and nearly 40 percent have earned a master's or doctorate degree. Financial examiners in Massachusetts earned a median income of $80,100 in 2009 according to the BLS and should see job growth of 7 percent from 2008 to 2018.

Massachusetts online schools offer training programs in these areas and more that can prepare you for life and work in this state with a strong economic outlook and high quality of life.

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            Why Choose Widener University?

            At Widener University, we proudly cultivate challenging and culturally diverse learning environments where academics, leadership, and service come first. Our curricula are connected to societal issues and challenge students to take social responsibility for their role in today's global society.

            Founded in 1821 in Chester, Pennsylvania, Widener is nationally recognized for our commitment to civic engagement, service, and social responsibility. The university has been included on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction every year since its inception in 2006.

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            Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history, an environment of intellectual curiosity and discovery, and a supportive, student-centered approach to learning. Founded in 1869 as a land-grant school, the University is known today for its prolific faculty as well as a record of distinguished research and achievement in aerospace, engineering, technology, science, and math. Our goal is to educate and develop men and women of personal integrity and scholarly excellence.

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            Regis is a leading Catholic university in greater Boston with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. Founded in 1927, and as a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field.

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            Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, we have developed a reputation for our personal teaching style. Since 2011, OLLU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  We are a university that helps students develop their full potential in an environment that's encouraging and stimulating.


             

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            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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            Portland State University’s online Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice program is designed to produce more than graduates. It’s designed to create CCJ leaders. With a program taught by the same faculty as our on-campus program and delivered on a 100% online platform, our students receive the same level of support and education from instructors and academic advisors whether they are on our Portland campus or miles away.

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            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Faculty members include 38 Fulbright Scholars, 20 Guggenheim Fellows, and 30 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows.
            • Received $115 million in funding for university research projects.
            • Student to faculty ratio of 18:1.
            • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and College since 1956.
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            • Ranked 23rd among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A public research university with an enrollment of more than 42,000 students.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and 43.1% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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            • A member of the esteemed Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada.
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