Nine out of ten college grads across all generations believe a college education has been, or will be, worth the investment. We’re here to help you visualize what that means.
College graduates enjoy twice as many job opportunities
Burning-Glass.com, analysis of top occupational titles according to education level, April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016
Also, college teaches you soft skills that can help in an interview
With a college degree, graduates are more likely to enjoy the job they have
Graduates are also more likely to be employed and earn more money
Earning a degree can also benefit your family
Children of graduates are more likely to graduate from college
Percentage of children who go on to earn degrees:
And maybe experience their own financial success
For children who go on to earn more than $100,000 a year:
Whether you have children or not, a degree means …
Graduates could have greater economic mobility
College graduates are more than three times more likely to rise from the bottom of the income ladder all the way to the top
Economic mobility could mean more annual income
Average annual household after-tax income:
More annual income could mean seeing a favorite band live instead of on YouTube®
Average annual household income spent on entertainment:
A degree can even impact graduates ability to prepare for retirement
The U.S. Social Security Administration reports people with degrees tend to save more in retirement accounts and have more financial assets than those without degrees.
Average annual retirement income, excluding social security:
Better financial preparation can mean more time for graduates to enjoy the golden years
As you can see, there are a lot of great reasons to consider earning a college degree. But only you can decide if it's the right time for you and the right fit for your future.
*BLS Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all level of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.
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Employment conditions in your area may vary and many positions require a combination of education and experience. Rasmussen College cannot guarantee employment in any specific field or that any specific level of income will be attained by any specific graduate.