Degree Programs and Certifications
College degrees have historically been a pathway to new job opportunities and greater salary potential. In the US in 2008 there were more than 11 million students under the age of 24 enrolled in a college reports the US Department of Labor. According to a 2008 US Census Bureau study, 29% of adults over 25 have a bachelor degree or higher. The study also notes that those with bachelor degrees earn $26,000 more on average than workers with a high school diploma.
Another increasingly popular pathway to expanding job opportunities is acquiring a career-specific certification, such as those for computing technology jobs, that extends knowledge within a field and validates expertise to employers.
One challenge for potential degree and certification students is picking a program that can make the most of a personís natural abilities and interests while fulfilling their personal goals. With so many options to choose from, researching degrees and related education programs is a critical step before making a decision that can set a direction for a person's career.
BrainTrack's article section on degree programs and certificates, together with BrainTrack's Colleges by Career section, offers an in-depth and growing resource of information on a wide range of choices for degrees, certificates, and career paths.
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