Not too long ago, the Grantham University blog explored how online learning was a perfect fit for military spouses. The flexibility and portability of an online degree program allows military spouses to continue their studies, uninterrupted, in the event of frequent relocations.

This fluid process enables military spouses to obtain their degree in a timelier manner. After graduating, the next step for many online students is looking for a new job and sometimes changing career paths.

There are currently 350,000 spouses of active-duty service members in the labor force, according to a recent article in USAA Magazine. Which careers are they choosing? According to USAA, the following is a list of the six most popular careers for military spouses:

1. Teacher

Synopsis: One in 20 military spouses from the USAA article were teachers (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment for kindergarten and elementary school teachers will grow by 17% between 2010 and 2020, a more optimistic prediction than the growth for high school teachers (7%) in the same timeframe. The average growth rate for all occupations is 14%.

Average annual salary: $55,040.

2. Child care worker

Synopsis: Jobs as a child care worker are expected to grow by 20% by 2020, per the BLS. The BLS projects the U.S. will create 262,000 more child care jobs in the next eight years. The only negative: average annual salary (see below).

Avg. annual salary: $21,320.

3. Registered Nurse

Synopsis: The nursing profession is expected to grow at a rate of 26% between 2010-2020, which is the fastest rate of all professions. If you're considering a career in healthcare, now is a fantastic time to pursue this in-demand profession. The BLS expects registered nurses to gain 712,000 new jobs around the country this decade. Military spouses who are interested in this flourishing and secure field could get a leg up on the competition by looking into online nursing programs.

Avg. annual salary: $69,110.

4. Retail sales

Synopsis: Jobs in retail sales (the BLS described these positions primarily in clothing, furniture, and automobiles) are expected to grow by 17% from 2010 to 2020.

Avg. annual salary: $25,130.

5. Secretary/administrative assistant

Synopsis: Jobs as a secretary/administrative assistant are expected to grow by 12% this decade. If you're looking to eventually work your way up the business ladder and earn a promotion and/or better pay, consider a degree in business administration.

Avg. annual salary: $33,020.

6. Waiter/Waitress

Synopsis: The employment outlook for waiters and waitresses is expected to grow by 9% (below average) by 2020.

Avg. annual salary: $20,890.

Getting your online degree can help you land a job in a career you want. In addition to nursing and business, Grantham University offers degree programs in other fields of possible interest - computer scienceengineering management technologycriminal justice and more. To lean more about our 38 degree programs, click here.

Are you a military spouse? What careers should be added to this list? Provide your answers in the comments section below.

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