West Virginia officials discuss the benefits of an advanced college degree

West Virginia is currently trying to educate its students on the many benefits of pursuing an advanced degree.
West Virginia is currently trying to educate its students on the many benefits of pursuing an advanced degree.

Having an advanced degree can lead to more benefits. For example, completing a master's program can mean a higher paycheck. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while individuals with a bachelor's earn about $53,300 per year, master's degree holders take home about $65,364 annually, on average.

This degree can also lead to more job opportunities in a variety of fields. The BLS reports that many positions require a master's. These can often include school and health social worker, medical and health service manager, speech-language pathologist, licensed counselor, private industry mathematician and many athletic trainer positions.

In order to show more undergraduate students the value of higher education, West Virginia has launched the state Association of Graduate Schools, according to the Charlestown Daily Mail. Graduate deans from eight different institutions recently met to discuss what the goals of the program should be.

These goals include increasing the state's economy by creating a more qualified and advanced workforce. Individuals who hold master's degrees, for example, can fill positions in government and the private sector, according to the news provider.

The association also aims to encourage more educators to pursue higher education, as more qualified teachers will improve the state's school system.

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