There are lots of options after high school, and choosing one can feel overwhelming. Find out whether a bachelor’s degree might be right for you.
Is a bachelor’s degree the only “good” option after high school? If you know exactly what you want to do after high school and that career requires a four-year degree, then pursuing a bachelor’s degree is definitely the path you must take. If you are still uncertain about what job interests you, the commitment to four years of college and the expense of college tuition and costs are serious issues to consider. Starting your college career at a community college can ease you into college life at a reduced cost and still give you the opportunity to continue on at a college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. That college degree will serve you by giving you more opportunities to advance to a supervisory or managerial position, and most graduates consider it a good investment in their future.
To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must take general education courses in addition to courses in his or her specific area of interest for a total of about 40 courses or about 120 credits. The cost of this four-year degree varies widely depending on the college you attend but many scholarships and grants, financial aid, and student loans are available. A state university may be less expensive at a cost averaging $7,000 per year, but private schools’ higher tuition averaging $25,000 annually can be reduced by financial aid assistance these schools can offer. Additional costs of room and board, books, activities fees, lab fees, food plans, and other expenses must also be considered when choosing between a local college you can commute to from your home or a large university far from home where earning a bachelor’s degree is much more expensive. Savings can also be achieved by attending a smaller branch campus of a large university or pursuing a degree online.
Once you have made the decision that a bachelor’s degree is right for you, it is important to choose a course of study that will allow you to achieve a degree in the specialty area for your career and possibly other areas that interest you. The following are a sampling of career fields that require a bachelor’s degree.
There are many types of engineers — civil, nuclear, aerospace, mechanical, and architectural to name a few — and with a bachelor’s degree in engineering you can earn an estimated $100,000 per year. Engineering jobs normally do not require job experience and depending on the specific type, some do provide on-the-job training.
Bachelor’s degree graduates working in the field of human resources can achieve a managerial position with five years’ experience in a company in which they locate potential employees, interview them, and select the right candidates for the job. This position earns a median annual salary of over $100,00 and job prospects are good with over 40,000 job openings expected through 2024.
A college graduate working in the field of advertising helps to develop campaigns and programs to promote a company’s product or service. In less than five years, someone in this field can achieve the position of manager and earn over $100,000. This field is competitive and projected job openings through 2024 is 11,400.
Right out of college, a materials scientist can begin research, studying such materials as glass, metals, and alloys to determine their properties for use in a particular product or material. There are 1,800 projected job openings through 2024 and the median annual wage is about $99,000.
Education is an investment in your future and a bachelor’s degree can be the right path if your dream career requires a traditional degree. Every investment should be investigated and researched — make sure it’s the right decision for you.