Is College Necessary?

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of post-secondary education, you might be asking yourself whether college is necessary if you want a good job.

While not all careers require a college education some higher education generally gives you more career options, opportunities for advancement, and salary potential than not having any college experience.

College Helps You Compete for the Good Jobs

There are jobs you cannot go into without a college degree, such as being a lawyer or a doctor, and there are jobs that require a bachelor’s or an associate’s degree with some work experience.

There are many jobs where college may be preferred but isn’t required. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when making that choice, employers are more likely to hire the candidate who has a college education for the good job, especially if the job deals with math, science, writing or other academic skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with college degrees fell into the following occupational categories:

  • Education, training and library: 21 percent
  • Health care and technical: 14 percent
  • Computer and engineering: 13 percent
  • Management: 12 percent
  • Business and financial operations: 11 percent
  • Other: 28 percent

If you’re looking for a good job in a career you love, a college degree can give you a head start.

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