They say that knowledge is power. Yet, the value of higher education is frequently up for debate. Students and potential students seem to be constantly debating whether or not it is worth their time (and money) to continue their education. Admittedly, the higher cost of education does make this a more extensive discussion than it would probably otherwise be.
However, it’s important to note that there are many benefits of obtaining a higher education. It positively impacts income, career opportunities, skills, confidence, and more. Furthermore, according to the 2018 General Social Survey (GSS), those who attended college were happier, healthier, and had a higher quality of life than their counterparts.
Increased Job Opportunities
One of the more apparent benefits of higher education is the increased access to job opportunities. Look at all of the job postings available these days; even a deceptively simple job requires some form of degree. More specifically, Burning Glass Technologies has stated that two million job postings (per quarter) require some form of degree.
According to one report, those with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) see up to 57% more job opportunities than those without. They can apply for the open postings requiring a degree while also making use of connections through school, work studies, and professors to find hidden opportunities.
By choosing a major during the higher education process, one instantly begins to specialize in a specific career path. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) can help people strengthen the skills required for their ideal career. Particular jobs require extensive and specialized education. Such as any career in the medical field.
To top of the many benefits of higher education, one must consider the broader benefits. A report run by The College Board showed that there are many different benefits for obtaining a degree, including economic, health, and Civic.
According to the study, those with degrees made significantly more than those without, even when taking student loans into consideration. As far as the health benefits are concerned, it appears that higher education achievers are less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise regularly. Finally, those with higher education are more likely to date on political issues and thus more involved in the election process.