Your Life Choices

Your Life Choices 

Education Pays

People with a Bachelor’s (four-year college/university) degree earn twice as much as people without a high school diploma and are three times less likely to be unemployed, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:  www.BLS.Gov  Median weekly earnings go even higher with advanced degrees.  Junior Achievement!  JA Worldwide is the world’s argest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

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High School Dropout (24.4%)
You got what you thought was a great job and dropped out of high school. The job is physically demanding but it’s okay, and you’re making ends meet . . . barely. Bills are always taking your money, and there’s rarely any left over for the “luxuries.” No nice car. No stereo. Just bills.

High School Graduate (24.8%)
You were more interested in hanging out at the mall than going to school, but you made it through and got your high school diploma. Now you spend at least 40 hours a week at the mall–as a sales clerk. You’ve got no insurance, no benefits, a dead-end job and bills to pay.

Technical School Graduate (some college, no degree — 22.4%)
During high school, you worked at a fast-food restaurant. It was OK for a year or two but not for the rest of your life. You enrolled at a local community college, received two years of training in a technical trade and now work in the welding industry. You are living comfortably in a suburban neighborhood.

Associate Degree (5.2%)
You graduated from high school and took an entry-level job at a local office. You worked there for five years. It wasn’t stressful. It also wasn’t much of a challenge and offered no prospects for the future. You enrolled at a community college, earned an associate degree and now you’re giving the orders.

Bachelor’s Degree (15.6%)
You graduated from high school, enjoyed the summer and started classes at the university in the fall. After four years of football games, fraternity parties, all-night study sessions, research papers and internships, you landed the job of your dreams. You have a successful career, a nice home and a new car.

Master’s/Doctorate/Professional Degree (7.6%)
You got your bachelor’s degree at the university and kept on going! A master’s degree. A professional degree. Hey, people are calling you “Doctor”! You are among an elite few who hold positions of power and leadership. You’re the one with the big house on the hill in the best part of town.

Average Annual Income by Educational Attainment U.S. Census Bureau, 2002:
No high school diploma: $14,349
High school diploma: $23,233
Associate degree: $31,684
Bachelor’s degree: $45,648
Master’s degree: $56,958
Doctorate degree: $87,644
Professional degree: $99,207

*Thank you from the College for Texans Campaign to a November 2002 Campaign Launch Team at Amarillo College, Clarendon College, Frank Phillips College, West Texas A&M University

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