Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Why Should I Earn a College Degree?

This question is asked by recent high school graduates, working professionals, stay-at-home moms and even older adults all the time. Why should they pay so much money, spend so much time to earn a post-secondary degree? The reasons for all of these people are simple: quality of life, job security and opportunities and higher earning potential.

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, jobs that require employees to possess some form of post-secondary education will have increased by 16% in just eight years. That number is astonishing if you consider that today 85% of all jobs are already considered to be skilled positions that require advanced training. To be competitive and relevant in this workforce, and in this struggling economy, everyone should consider advancing their education and earning some type of college degree, from a certificate to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Even older adults or those who are happily employed in a job of their liking can benefit from earning a college degree. Learning new skills and information, making new friends and colleagues or simply staying abreast of the latest technologies and trends in your industry can go a long way in enhancing the quality of your life. It can also keep you relevant in this competitive workforce, as well as provide you with much desired job security.

The most obvious reasons to attain a college degree are broader job opportunities and higher earning potential. According to the Educational Testing Services, males that possess a bachelor’s degree will earn roughly 96% more over a lifetime than males without a college degree. That is a staggering statistic. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that in 2010, unemployment rates for people with only a high school diploma was 10.6%, while the rate for people with a bachelor’s degree was more than half that number at 4.9%.

It is plain to see that the future job market is going to be comprised of jobs that are more skilled and will require some form of post-secondary education. To have a competitive chance in that kind of employment environment, it is essential to go to school, whether traditional or online, and earn a college degree. With the potential to experience much higher earning power, much less unemployment and a greater quality of life, the question should be "Why would I NOT earn a college degree?"

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