Why Choose an Online College in Memphis

Memphis, Tenn., has several attractions for residents to enjoy. The city is home to many museums, such as the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art and the Art Village Gallery. There is also the Memphis Botanical Garden, the Lichterman Nature Center, or the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Along with these entertainment venues, the city and surrounding area is home to postsecondary institutions such as Crichton College, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee-Memphis, Vatterott College and LeMoyne-Owen College. These may be of particular interest for people looking to earn a postsecondary degree, but some individuals may not be able to attend brick-and-mortar schools.

Online universities in Memphis may be a good alternative, especially for working adults and parents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 Memphis had more than 133,000 households with children under the age of 18 years old. These parents may not be able to attend classes without having to hire a babysitter. Working adults may not be able to change their schedule in order to enroll in on-campus courses. Online classes may be a viable option to help these people earn a college degree.

Notable Industries in Memphis, TN

The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce has a space on its website dedicated to what it calls "Target Industries." These are growth opportunity industries that the city highlights in order to attract people and businesses to Memphis. Some of the target industries include:

  • Health Services - Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GlaxcoSmithKline and Schering-Plough, four of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world, have connections to Memphis. The city also leads the nation in spinal implants and orthopedic device manufacturing, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is located in Memphis. Health care is an important industry in the city, and individuals who are interested in entering this field may want to consider earning a degree in nursing, public health, health care administration or pharmacy technology. Some growing positions in the field include mental health and substance abuse social workers (130 average annual openings), health care social worker (180 average annual openings), or respiratory therapist (155 average annual openings).

  • Business - Memphis is home to many Fortune 500 businesses, such as FedEx (31,000 employees), International Paper (2,200 employees) and AutoZone (1,300 employees). There are also many incentives in place that make moving to Memphis a worthwhile transition for business. Individuals who want to qualify for positions in this industry may look to earn a degree in operations management, public relations, accounting, or business administration. People who want to work in business may be interested in occupations that include market research analyst (250 average annual openings), accountant (840 average annual openings) or financial analyst (130 average annual openings).

  • Entertainment - Film and music play a big role in the economic health of the city. The Memphis Music Foundation is trying to return the city to the exploding musical mecca that it used to be. Memphis was once the fourth-leading recording area in the world, but has declined as the industry as a whole has decreased. The Memphis Music Foundation is hoping to spur a resurgence, creating the Memphis Music Resource Center to help artists develop and learn about the business. Memphis and Shelby County have a website dedicated to their film and TV commission, and there is a letter from the county film commissioner about the benefits that filmmakers and the city receive from each other when they collaborate. People interested in working in one of these fields may wish to earn a degree in film and TV production, music or photography.

How to Find Online Colleges in Memphis, TN

For more information about possible online degrees, please click on one of the colleges offering programs to residents in Memphis below. An admissions counselor can contact you and answer any specific questions that you might have. See online colleges in Tennessee for more education options.


U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder: Memphis, Tennessee, 2010, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk

Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, http://welcome.memphischamber.com/Economic-Development/Site-Selection/Incentives/Tax-Incentives.aspx

The City of Memphis, http://www.cityofmemphis.org/

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Job Outlook, http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/outlooks/select.htm

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