Why get a college degree?

If you walk around a college campus, you may be surprised to find that many students are older than the traditional 18- to 22-year-olds. According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, almost 35 percent of college students are 25 or older—that’s 68,000 students! And what about single moms who are also college students?

Today, almost 30,000 Oklahoma women are raising their families while attending college!
So, why even think about college?

  • You’ll have the time to explore your interests, discover new areas of knowledge and set new goals.
  • You’ll learn how to learn – how to think critically, solve problems and develop new skills.
  • You’ll widen your circle of mentors and friends by meeting classmates, professors and people who are interested in the same subjects and careers that you are.
  • It can take you out of a minimum-wage, entry-level job and into a good-paying career you enjoy.
  • Studies prove it: Continue your education, and you’re likely to make more money and have a better life than people who don’t go to college.
  • You’ll serve as a good role model for your children.

Did You Know?

Someone with a bachelor’s degree earns about 50 percent more than someone with just a high school diploma. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Associate or Bachelor’s Degree Hourly Wage
Accountant…………………………….$22.67
Computer Programmer………………..$25.90
Pharmacist…………………………….$38.48
Physical Therapist …………………….$30.64
Education, Training
& Library Occupation………………….$17.26
Registered Nurse …………………….$22.69

Moderate On-the-Job Experience Hourly Wage

Bank Teller………………………………$9.49
Data Entry Keyers……………………..$10.17
Pharmacy Technician………………….$10.77
Physical Therapist Aide…………………$9.58
Child Care Worker………………………$7.05
Nursing Aide …………………………….$8.84

You can find great information about careers at OKcollegestart.org and in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at bls.gov/oco.
Source: Oklahoma Employment Outlook 2014