Corporate America Demands Degrees
The way that employers are considering education is starting to change more noticeably. Decades ago, it is was possible for job seekers with a high school diploma and some basic job experience to be able to get a good job. Ten years ago, job seekers needed a bachelor's degree in order to be able to get a decent job with opportunities for advancement. Many years later, employers now want their employees to have a master's degree if they are interested in opportunities working in upper levels.
The earning potential for degree holders is much more than those who are without a college degree. The Commerce Department's Census Bureau reported in 2006 that adults that were age 18 to 25 years old with bachelor's degrees were able to earn an average of $40,478. Adults in the same range with a high school diploma were able to earn an average of $22,895. Adults who had advanced degrees were able to earn an average of $64,229 per year when compared to those without a high school diploma, which were only able to make $16,124 a year.
The reality is that a lot of Americans would like to go back to school in order to get their degree. However, for those who have families, young children, or demanding jobs, being able to go back to school is a time commitment. Another issue is that the cost associated with college is very expensive and some people aren't willing to get involved with student loan debt. For those who are dealing with time issues, there are many opportunities that can be used to help them attain their degree. Online courses are one of the most popular options and are actually starting to become some of the most affordable options as well.
Of course, it's not just a matter of getting involved with an online program. You have to find the program that's right for you. If you're enrolled in the wrong program or if it's just not meeting up with your learning needs, it's going to make it difficult for you to be able to advance throughout your academic endeavors. It's a good idea to do research before you get involved with anything. Find out if the school is accredited, how the courses are delivered, how you will be evaluated, and what kind of materials you can expect to deal with while you are in school.
Now is one of the best times to go back to school and pursue your education. There are many jobs which can offer job security and will be guaranteed to be in demand for the next few decades, but you can't get involved with them unless you have the right degree. If you have questions about these opportunities, you may want to get in contact with a counselor for further information about what is available for your program of choice.
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