What’s an undergraduate degree worth?

Finishing your degree not only provides you with knowledge, a sense of accomplishment, and vital skills for following your lodestar. It is also a pearl on your resume. A 2009 study by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that California faces a severe shortage of highly educated workers to fill projected workforce needs by the year 2025, and other states are trending in a similar direction. Completing your bachelor’s degree greatly increases your odds of finding a better job at a time of diminishing job opportunities for non-degreed workers. A 2010 report from the College Board also shows $13,700 higher annual median earnings for full-time workers with a BA degree over those with an Associate’s degree. Over a lifetime, these numbers add up.

The modern-day job-shuffling environment of today’s work world has shown that those with a broad knowledge base and critical thinking and writing skills have the flexibility to excel in the changing job market. The case for earning an interdisciplinary liberal studies degree has never been stronger, because it provides you with the invaluable foundations for whatever direction your career path may take.

Source: Hans Johnson, Educating California: Choices for the Future (San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2009)

Source: Hans Johnson, Educating California: Choices for the Future (San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2009)

Source: Hans Johnson, Educating California: Choices for the Future (San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2009)

For more information, check out the Educating California: Choices for the Future brochure from the PPIC web site.