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is college about substance or certificates…. | February 27, 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/number-of-us-adults-with-college-degrees-hits-historic-high/2012/02/23/gIQAi80bWR_story.html

Number of U.S. adults with college degrees hits historic high

By Daniel de Vise, Published: February 23

Census data show that an associate’s degree in engineering or computers is worth as much or more, on average, than a bachelor’s in education or the liberal arts.

An associate’s degree in engineering yielded $4,257 in monthly earnings in 2009, compared with $4,000 for a bachelor’s in the liberal arts and $3,417 for a bachelor’s in education.

A two-year degree in computers fetched $4,000 a month, the same median earnings as a four-year degree in the humanities.

Even a vocational certificate, a credential that generally requires months — not years — of school, can yield more future earnings than a bachelor’s degree in a low-paying field. Employees with construction certificates earned $4,904 a month in 2009, better than the median pay for a bachelor’s in the humanities.

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