It’s hard not to hear the crowd of voices that tell you education pays. That seems to be the mantra that everyone hears from before grade school, with increasing frequency and volume as they march through high school. And there’s a reason for beating that drum; people with more education tend to earn more. And the people with more education in high-demand fields get paid a lot more. Employers are looking for people with skills, and one of the best ways to get those skills--and get hired--is through a degree program.
College Degrees Help Train a Skilled Workforce
As our economy becomes more advanced, employers have quickly started to require a college degree as a prerequisite just to be considered for a position. Many important certifications and licenses in fields like medicine and accounting require a degree, as well. We’re becoming more specialized in almost every sector of the global economy, and that means that the people who work in this economy must have specialized skills in order to be valuable, either as part of small businesses, large corporations or as self-employed entrepreneurs. That’s why Strayer University has excelled at providing online degrees to so many professionals who are expanding their skill sets while working in an ever-changing global business landscape.
The statistics on unemployment for college graduates reflect the value that employers place upon the knowledge and skills which come from earning, say, a master of business administration or a bachelor’s in computer science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on employment and labor force related issues such as level of education, and it’s clear that the level of educational attainment a person has is key to how much they will earn in their life. In fact, it’s more important than any other factor, including what field they go into after they graduate. Being a college graduate simply qualifies you for more opportunity and a better economic future.
An online degree can also help you stay employed. Just look at unemployment rate by education level statistics: The unemployment rate for people with at least a bachelor’s degree was only 4.3% in 2011, compared to over 8% for the entire population. That’s significant. Since long stretches of unemployment can often be unattractive to employers, and earning a degree is likely to help you stay employed and get re-hired quickly if you do lose employment, higher education can definitely help ensure that you don’t go for long without a job.
Why an Online Degree Makes You More Attractive to Employers
For most working adults, online degree programs allow for time-shifted learning, which means a more flexible learning schedule if you already have a job. This is especially important for professionals who already have a career and cannot afford to quit their job or go part-time to attend daytime classes. For instance, IT professionals often need certifications in addition to their degrees, such as Oracle or Microsoft certification, to qualify for certain positions. But they can’t very well go to day classes while working during the week. Online courses let you take courses anywhere. And at Strayer, you can even take a combination of on-campus and online courses to make sure you’re getting the resources you need to thrive during your degree program.
One other thing that’s often overlooked when it comes to balancing family, work and school is travel time. Commuting back and forth to work, not to mention shuttling the kids to school and various activities, can really start to eat into your day. If you can eliminate a good chunk of that travel time by taking classes online instead of rushing to the local college before or after work, you can spend that time learning instead of driving or riding the bus.
Author bio: Jennifer Cook writes on student life, going back to school and online learning technology for Strayer.edu. When she isn't writing, you can track her down in the library, trying to check out more books than her card allows.