Alumni Employment Outcomes for the Top Online Colleges in California
This list of top online colleges features a mix of different types of institutions, including:
- Eight private and two public colleges
- Five affiliated with religious organizations
- One that's both for-profit and exclusively online (Trident at AIU)
National University and California State University - East Bay, also appear in our rankings of the top 10 California colleges by Salary Score overall, which doesn't control for online programs.
OnlineU examined the most popular job titles and industries for graduates of these colleges, and the top employers they work for. These findings paint a clearer picture of where online learners who are highly paid for their field of study end up after graduation.
Nearly one in five graduates (19%) found jobs in healthcare and social assistance, with 5% of graduates becoming registered nurses.
Registered nursing is a popular subject of online study nationwide — internal data shows there are close to 400 online bachelor's in nursing programs — so it makes sense that the most populous state in the country follows the trend. Kaiser Permanente was the largest healthcare employer for these schools, accounting for 8% of graduates.
Following healthcare is education services, which employed 16% of graduates. This industry includes K-12 schools and universities, but also positions in university healthcare facilities such as Loma Linda University Health.
The next most popular industry is public administration with 11% of graduates, largely fueled by the military alumni of these California colleges. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest overall employer of graduates from the 10 ranked colleges on this list. The Air Force hired the largest single share of graduates at 9%. Other top employers include the Navy at 7.5% and the Army at 5.5%.
These findings align with OnlineU's previous research on employment outcomes for online graduates. Service members make up a large portion of the online college student population, and many of these enrollees use their bachelor's degrees to boost their career mobility within their service branch.