College Degrees and Payoff
The price of a degree can vary as well as the time involved to complete a degree. A variety of degrees that a student can complete exist: associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees.
If you are trying to figure out what fits you best, you need to think about the cost of completing the degree and how much money you will make after completing the degree. In addition, you need to think about your quality of life in the career that your college major allows you to apply for after college. If you are not concerned with your annual salary after graduation and are just going to school to learn, you can do whatever you want.
Liz Pulliam Weston writes in the article "Is Your Degree Worth $1 million -- or worthless?" at the MSN.com website that the associates degree many times gives you the best bang for your buck. The cost is low and the payback is great.
An online health science associate's degree can allow students to choose from a variety of entry-level jobs. There are many online options. Students can even finish a college degree without a high school diploma.
Weston also writes that state universities can pay off well in the end for a bachelor's degree. Private schools are pricier the payoff is not as great, especially if a student chooses a lower paying career, such as in education.
Different majors differ in the difficulty of completing a degree. The most difficult degrees to pursue are as follows: medicine, law, engineering, and physics.
One obvious key to getting the payoff is to finish a degree. Approximately 35% of freshmen drop out of college during their first year of college. You need to be ready for college. And, you need to accept that it will be a great deal of work and to not allow extra-curricular distractions to derail your college career. In addition, you need to have your financial plan to pay for college in order.
Master's and Doctoral Degrees
A master's degree and/or doctoral degree are a must for a few careers, such as a doctor or a college professor. However, many people obtain these degrees for advancement in their careers or to make more money. It is important to understand the payoff for completing a master's degree before beginning one.
Many people complete these graduate degrees after they obtain a job with their bachelor's degree. If you are thinking of pursuing a master's or doctoral degree, you do not want to wait too long. College programs do change. And, some colleges have five year expiration dates for college credits.
Whichever degree you decide to pursue, it is important to finish and to choose one in which you will find fulfillment. And, of course, you need to be able to make enough money in your career to justify the expense of the college tuition.