Online E-Commerce Degrees and Careers
E-commerce, or buying and selling goods and services electronically over the Internet, started immediately after the World Wide Web become widely available to the general public in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then, e-commerce giants such as E-Bay, Amazon and Apple have dominated and defined the industry, but retailers and service providers of every stripe now do much of their business over the Internet. E-commerce also has created new opportunities for individuals and smaller niche businesses to gain market penetration for their products and services.
Most e-commerce jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in management information systems and employers are increasingly seeking master's degrees in business administration that emphasize information systems. Demand for computer systems analysts, software engineers, programmers and information security specialists is expected to grow 20 percent by 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Emerging wireless technologies that need specialists to integrate new technologies into existing e-commerce platforms is helping fuel job growth. Colleges and universities, hardware and software companies, and private business groups and employers all provide training and retraining for e-commerce jobs.