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Why Earn a Degree?

No matter where you are in life, leveling up your education may bring about the breakthrough you need. Whether you’re thinking about a non-degree certificate, Bachelor’s degree, or even a PhD, investing in your education could help you rise to your full potential.

You’re not alone in pursuing a degree to meet future goals. According to a 2021 reporti, 94% of online college students joined a program to fulfill career aspirations. The top three specific reasons were: wanting to start a new career to earn more money; wanting to start a new career more aligned with their interests; and wanting to get their first professional/salaried job.


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Experience Higher Job Growth

Job growth for professions requiring an Associate degree or higher is projected to be 8.8% between 2021 and 2031, which is faster than average.ii For those with a high school diploma, however, job growth is projected to be slower than average at 2.9%.ii

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Job Stability

The unemployment rate for workers with a high school diploma was 6.2% in 2021. For those with a doctoral or professional degree, the average unemployment rate was 1.7%.iii

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Dollars to Dollars

According to 2023 statistics, workers with a Bachelor’s degree earned $30,108 more per year than those who only had a high school diploma.iii

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Prepare for the Market

In 2021, 49% of 25- to 29-year-olds had an Associate or higher degree. 39% had a Bachelor’s or higher degree.iv

ii | iii | iv | Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Accessed 11/4/2022.

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Take the First Step

You don’t have to set your sights on a Bachelor’s degree—the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites and tracks nearly 100 occupations that require only an Associate degree, post-secondary certificate, or some college courses to jump in at entry level.v

Over 65% of these occupations are projected to grow between 2021 and 2031.v The BLS predicts that during that time, there will be 117,800 new job openings for Medical Assistants, 72,900 for Preschool Teachers, 64,900 for Nursing Assistants, and 56,400 for Computer Support Specialists.v

Why Earn an Associate Degree or Non-Degree Certificate?

  • Spend Less Time
    Associate degree programs are often designed to be completed in just two years of full-time study versus four years for a traditional Bachelor’s degree. And many non-degree certificate programs may take less than a year to
  • No Experience Necessary
    Many of the fastest growing jobs that require an Associate degree or post-secondary certificate for entry don’t require previous experience. Some require on-the-job training, but you’re less likely to need internships or specific prior work experience.v
  • Room to Grow
    Credits earned toward an Associate degree may be transferable to a Bachelor’s degree program. If you’re considering a four-year degree, talk to an admissions advisor so you know what your transfer options may be.

v | vi | Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Accessed 11/4/2022.

Join the Bachelor’s Club

In 2021, about 39% of the U.S. workforce had earned a Bachelor’s degree as their highest level of education. That’s up from 22% in 2010.iv

A Bachelor’s degree used to be a way to set yourself apart from the pack. Now, in some industries, it’s an entry-level requirement. The BLS identifies nearly 180 occupations for which a Bachelor’s degree is typically required to get your foot in the door.v

72% of these occupations are projected to grow between 2021 and 2031.v Some of the fastest-growing jobs during that time—with the most job openings—include Financial Manager, Software Developer, Medical and Health Services Manager, and Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Counselor.v

Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree?

  • A Shot at Better Wages
    In 2023, BLS reported that the median annual salary of someone who held a Bachelor’s degree was $69,368. That’s $19,292 more per year than a worker with an Associate degree.iii
  • Choose Your Place and Time
    Many reputable institutions offer online or hybrid degree programs at every level. If you’re working or raising a family, a flexible online program may take some stress out of tackling your degree. Some schools even feature multiple start dates throughout the year, so you could begin when it’s right for you.
  • Lower Unemployment Rates
    Among workers who held a Bachelor’s degree in 2021, the unemployment rate was 3.5%. For workers who held only a high school diploma or GED, the rate was 6.2%.iii

iii | iv | v | Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Accessed 11/4/2022.

Don’t Stop ’til You Reach the Top

Want to really take yourself to the top of your field? People with a Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree had the highest median annual salaries and lowest unemployment of all U.S. workers.iii

Some jobs require a graduate degree just to get started. Education Administrators, Statisticians, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Nurse Midwives are just a few of the 36 occupations where it’s common for entry-level applicants to have at least a Master’s degree.v Many of these jobs also require internships, residencies, certifications, or prior professional experience.

No degree is “easy” to earn, and graduate degrees are certainly no exception. But all the hours of study have the potential to pay off with a lifetime of professional achievement.

Why Earn a Graduate Degree?

  • Learn More, Potentially Earn More
    Based on 2023 data, Master’s degree-holders earned a median annual salary of $81,848. For those who held a Professional or Doctoral degree, the median annual salary was nearly $100,000.iii
  • Online on Your Time
    Explore expanding online graduate program options. Is professional networking one of your grad school goals? Look for programs that follow a cohort model to maximize peer-to-peer learning.
  • Work in High-Growth Industries
    Occupations that typically require a Master’s degree are projected to grow on average 13% between 2021 and 2031ii—a rate that is over two times higher than average.

ii | iii | v | Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Accessed 11/4/2022.

Potential Benefits of Online Degree Programs

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No Cause to Pause

So many online degree programs are designed for working adults. Keep your life or current career on track while you work toward your next education milestone—online programs often utilize up-to-date education tech.

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Worth Your Time & Cost?

In a 2021 study of online undergraduate and graduate students, 74% of all respondents agreed that their online education was worth the cost. And 83% of them said online study allowed them to complete their studies faster.i

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Quality Online Education

In that same study of online students, 75% said their online learning experience was the same as or better than their classroom experience.i


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Salary figures are based on a national data and may vary by location. This is an offer for educational opportunities and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum.