Considering going back to college but not sure if it will help your career? Consider this: The US Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau recently published results from their study of women in the work force that showed that higher education had a strong correlation with whether women were employed.
Included in Department of Labor statistics about careers for women, based on 2008 data, was their finding that the higher a woman’s education level, the less likely it is she’ll be unemployed. With a record number of women working, and the economy still struggling, higher education can be a key factor in helping women weather these challenging times.
Unemployment Rates by Education Level
Those who are going back to college will be happy to learn that, among adults 25 and over, the higher the level of education, the more likely it was that the woman had employment.
Of the women profiled with a high school diploma, only 54% were employed or actively looking for work, which the DOL considers part of the active work force, as opposed to women who were unemployed.
With an associates degree, 71% of women were in the work force. Because associates degrees provide students with valuable career training skills, these degrees can be very helpful in helping students gain employment. For women with a bachelors degree, that number rose to 73%. A bachelors degree is the minimum requirement for many careers, so completing this degree can make women eligible for a greater number of career options than they would otherwise have.
What Is an Associates Degree?
A degree completed after high school that provides career training, technical and/or academic skills. These degrees are awarded to students who have completed 60 academic credits, usually through two years’ worth of full-time study or longer if the student attends part-time. Students can complete an associates degree at a community college, career training school, online school and at some 4-year colleges and universities.
Benefits of an Associates Degree
Students complete associates degrees from community colleges or career training schools for a variety of reasons. An associates degree can provide increased employment and salary opportunities, while offering increased flexibility in scheduling classes and costing less money than a bachelors degree.
Also, if you complete an associates degree and then decide to pursue a bachelors degree, it is often possible to transfer your college credits to your bachelors degree program. An associates degree can be especially helpful for women who want to improve their grades so they can transfer to a more competitive 4-year college or who want to explore their academic options before committing to the type of major or degree program they want to pursue.
What Is a Bachelors Degree?
Bachelors degrees allow students to study a broad range of topics and then decide which area to specialize in. This post-college degree generally requires 120 to 130 college credits, which are generally completed through four of five years of study at a college or university. Students can complete a bachelors degree at a number of institutions, including private colleges, state universities, career school and online schools.
Benefits of a Bachelors Degree
Because a bachelors degree is required for even an entry-level position in some career fields, this degree can help you start your career in a given field or can help you earn more in your career, as studies show that professionals with bachelors degrees tend to earn more than those that don’t have these degrees.
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