More People With College Degrees Than Ever Before

With the recession still lurking in some industries, and some states and industries still not fully recovered from the effects the recession had on the economy, some people have had a hard time transitioning back into the workforce. But some industries have either recovered and are back up and running or are still going strong despite the recession, and continue to seek qualified individuals that are well-trained, knowledgeable, and skilled to perform the job duties set out in their career descriptions and responsibilities. Because it is hard to tell what industries, jobs, and employers will be harmed by certain recessions and layoffs, it is extremely important to earn a college degree. Not only does earning a college degree help the chances of pursuing dream careers, but it also gives individuals a shot to land good jobs with fair and competitive salaries and the opportunity to move up the ranks, should they wish to do so.

With more people realizing how important a college education is, it is no surprise that students earning their degrees are on the rise. There are definitely more people starting college or going back to earn their degrees and recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau confirms higher education trends such as the percentage of adults with postsecondary degrees is higher than ever, and women are obtaining those degrees at higher rates than men are, according to an article posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of people over the age of 25 with at least a bachelor’s degree rose from 26 percent to 30 percent, the article stated. And the 86.7 percent of women in that group was slightly higher than the 86.6 percent of men in the group that to have a degree.

Those statistics, complied from a report, "Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010," show that more people are earning degrees now more than ever. With colleges and universities continuing to raise tuition rates in an effort to keep up with a quickly growing industry, it seems individuals still see the importance of a college degree. The report, which was compiled from a series of surveys of more than 100,000 households also showed that people who are employed are more likely to have college degrees. 37 percent of women and 35 percent of men in the workforce have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, in comparison to 29.6 percent of women and 30.3 percent of men overall that had not.

The figures aren’t generally that surprising, as numerous reports have stated that the number of applicants to colleges and universities across the country continue to rise. But with tuition set to continue to rise and many states cutting millions of dollars in funding for education, it will be interesting to know if that number continues to rise.

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