If you could finish your college degree, what would you do with it? If you’ve been considering enrolling in an online bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate program, but you’ve been putting it off until you can “find the time,” what’s been stopping you? This year, while you’re in the process of putting together your New Year’s resolutions list, you may want to consider going back to school. The decision to return to college, whether to complete an unfinished degree or enter a graduate degree program, is not always easy. But for those who make the brave choice, the rewards may be considerable.
Below are the top 20 reasons to consider finishing your degree or completing an advanced education in 2020, including the potential social, financial, and educational benefits of earning a degree.
1. Expand Your Opportunities in STEM and Healthcare
The fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. are in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and in healthcare. Since these jobs are likely to require that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, college graduates often find they have more career opportunities in these fields than those without degrees. What direction would you take your career if given the chance?
2. Increase Your Earning Potential
A study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that in 2018, high school graduates earned an average of $37,960 per year, whereas bachelor’s degree holders earned an average of $62,296 annually.
Have you been thinking about making the switch to a job that’s more fulfilling or could help you increase your earning potential? Check out the programs that are available to you, and see how they can help you discover your new career path.