Anna: We do see generally that having a college degree results in higher earnings, and that typically follows the credential level. So if you have a certificate program, that will equal higher earnings than just a high school diploma. An associate's degree will generally lead to higher earnings than many certificate programs. Bachelor's degrees will typically lead to higher-paid jobs, and so on and so forth all the way up to Ph.D. programs. Traditionally, four-year college is certainly the gold standard for higher education, especially since those schools are eligible for federal student aid, but there are other options that may be better options for working adults. For students who don't necessarily thrive in a traditional classroom setting, there are plenty of other training options. Certificate programs like community colleges, for example, as well as trade schools. A really great resource to get you started on what type of work you'd like to do is goodjobsdata.org. It provides state-by-state information on jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree. And that is a project of Georgetown University's center on education and the workforce. And it's a really interesting website.
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