More Education Equals More Pay and More Employment Opportunities

Higher Education Equals Higher PayStudies consistently show that the more education you have, the more money you earn – and the more likely you are to remain employed. Click here for a concise visual display of this fact, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For example, the Education & Training Pay chart shows that high school graduates (with no college credits) earned on average $40,175 in 2008, and their unemployment rate in 2009 was 9.7%. Compare to those with a master’s degree: average salary was $83,371, and unemployment rate was only 3.9%.

With so many options available for you to finish your undergraduate degree or earn your graduate degree, you can find a program that suits your professional, academic, and personal needs. Good sites for beginning your research are,, and Too busy to go back to school, you say? Many institutions, like Colorado State University Continuing Education, offer degree programs that you can complete online, at a distance, or in classrooms that meet in the evenings and on weekends.

If you have any questions about any of CSU continuing Education’s offerings, please contact me at, or 877-491-4336.

Note: Professional degrees – like an MD – generally require at least 6 years of college work (including at least 2 years of pre-professional training). Those with a professional degree have completed competency skills, along with theory and analysis, for a particular profession.


8 thoughts on “More Education Equals More Pay and More Employment Opportunities”

  1. Thanks for the post. I completely disagree with the notion that more education means more pay and therefore more chances of yours to remain employed. I have seen many times that people with loads of degrees are still waiting in queues to get the job of their dreams. It just doesn’t work that ways. If a person knows what he wants to do in life and then acquires education according to that even though it may not be too many degrees in hand then I feel that he would manage to get a good paying job.

    1. Great counter point Suzanne – if you are motivated and willing to work hard to reach your goals, you don’t have to have a certain level of education. This study is just an average so there are outliers on both ends of the education vs. pay spectrum.

  2. Thank you for the perspective. It truly is valuable for us to have as much education as possible. This not only increases our “book smarts” but also makes us more well rounded as individuals. The greater our knowledge base the more likely we will be able to deal with the challenges that come our way and create a successful life.

    1. Thanks Guy – I completely agree. The more knowledgeable and well-rounded you are, the better you will be at problem solving. What you learn in classes may not be exactly what you need to answer the question, but those classes give you the tools to find the answer on your own.

  3. I wonder if there is a degree in common sense – perhaps that would strike the greatest balance between the life skills need for one to become successful beyond higher education and the now almost essential need to demonstrate an academic ability and commitment required for one to make the short list when applying for that first job.

    1. I haven’t heard of that degree, but I agree that those skills are important to learn and utilize. Even once we get past the interview we need to have those leadership, communication, and other life skills in order to be as successful as possible in a career. Thanks for your comment Jamie – great point!

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