When it comes to finding and maintaining a job, having a college degree is one way to gain and maintain an edge. View this presentation to learn more about the benefits of earning a college degree.
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People attend college for a wide variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are personal, while others are universal, tied to the desire to enter an occupation or career in which a college degree is preferred or even required for employment.
Although it is impossible to discern an individual’s motivation for pursuing a college degree, one can be certain these degrees have quantifiable benefits including more career options, better promotion opportunities, higher earnings potential and lower unemployment rates.
One of the most compelling reasons to pursue a college degree is the ability to earn a higher salary. According to the United States Census Bureau, among the top 25 percent of full-time wage and salary earners in 2000, 58 percent had a college degree.
The median weekly earnings of workers aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree was $834, compared with $507 for workers whose highest level of educational attainment was a high school diploma or equivalent.
Individuals with college degrees are more likely to have a job than those without degrees.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the unemployment rate in 2000 was 3.5 percent for workers aged 25 and over whose highest level of educational attainment was a high school diploma, compared with less than 1 percent for those who had either a professional or doctoral degree.
There are numerous reasons to earn a college degree, the most common of which is career planning.
A college degree is a great asset in the workforce and individuals with a college degree will have more career options, better promotion opportunities, higher earnings and are less likely to experience unemployment.
Jamie Lawry has written these articles on behalf of Rio Salado College, an accredited college offering online learning and education programs. For more information about college degrees, please visit http://www.riosalado.edu/future/html/main.html.