When determining whether you should enroll in a new degree program, it’s important to evaluate the various ways advancing your education could impact your life. While it might result in a more hectic schedule for the next few years, for example, there are some long-term advantages that can’t be ignored.
The benefits of higher education are widespread. Consider the following:
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that with each level of education attainment, unemployment rates go down and median annual wages go up.
- From September 2019 through August 2020, there were 10 million more job postings available to bachelor's degree holders compared to those with a high school diploma, according to a job market analysis. *
- U.S. adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher have lower yearly mortality rates than their less educated peers in every age, gender and racial or ethnic subgroup of the population.
- Self-reports of fair or poor health are five times higher among those without a degree.
It’s clear the benefits of a college education are numerous, but if you’re still struggling with your decision to take the next step, you can evaluate further with our article, “Should I go back to school? 5 Questions to consider.”