Though by rights I should already have a BS, since I'm such an expert... Anyway, I didn't finish college (made a good dent in it, 2+ years). I'm worried about my job with the state going away and as I've mentioned, thought...what is a growth industry? The IRS and child welfare fields are both growth industries now. Child Welfare workers start out at $1000 more a month than I'm making now. But you need a bachelor's for both of those. At my age (and location) I'm not up for picking up and moving to a university town, nor do I want to. I want to keep this job as long as I can, I love it here. All I need to qualify as a child welfare worker is a bachelor's, likewise as an IRS agent. I have work history and experience that will make up the diff between a degree from a regular college and an online one, and the one I'm using is accredited. So far out, I start on April 27. You think I'm crazy now, wait till you see what I'm like when finals roll around.