Washington residents see the need for a college degree
According to a recent article by Seattle Pi, a quick look through Craigslist at the job openings in Renton, Washington will reveal that most positions require a college degree, creating barriers for individuals who did not pursue higher education.
Yeshiwas Egezew, a Seattle truck driver who came to the area about 20 years ago from Ethiopia, is just one state resident who knows the value of a degree. As he works all day on his truck route, his wife is forced to work the night shift at a local nursing home.
Neither Egezew nor his wife were able to go to school, but they told the news source they hope their children do, so that they can have a better life.
Individuals, such as Egezew's children, who decide to go to school and earn a college degree will not only find more job opportunities. They will also increase their average annual salaries.
In Washington, someone who has only a high school diploma makes about $32,000 annually, according to the most recent data from the Washington State Employment Security Department. Earning a bachelor's degree can increase this salary to about $53,00 per year.
On a national level, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the results are similar.
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