As an increasing number of jobs require specialized skills, an advanced degree isn’t just worth the financial effort— it’s a near guarantee of job security and higher earning potential.
While bachelor’s degrees still offer plenty of career opportunities, graduate education provides individuals with access to higher earnings, according to data compiled by a recent Northeastern University infographic. Among the seven fields of activity examined by the report, those holding advanced degrees earned at least 35% more than those with bachelor’s degrees in their same fields of study. Health care, social science and communication occupations boast the highest-projected growth percentages.
The demand for graduate degrees isn’t subsiding anytime soon, as the number of jobs requiring graduate degrees is expected to increase dramatically by 2025 and employers are projected to require an additional 23 million degrees beyond what U.S. colleges will produced.
Northeastern’s infographic takes a complete look into the benefits of adults going back to school: