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Benefits of a Master’s Degree

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CareerBuilder Survey found that 38% of employers have raised educational requirements over the last five years and 33% are hiring workers with master’s degrees for positions that had been primarily held by those with four-year degrees.

Top 5 benefits of earning a master’s degree:

  1. Higher Earning Potential. This is probably the most common reason why students pursue advanced degrees. Advanced degree holders earn a salary on average 35% higher than bachelor’s degree holders (State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2012). Whether we want to admit it or not, an individual’s quality of life differs when the salary increases! 
  2. Specialized, In-depth Knowledge in Your Field. An advanced degree helps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in your field. You will become a subject matter expert which helps you to become more competitive in your field. It also enhances your credibility and expertise. It not only helps you build upon your current abilities, it can help you in gaining new skills or even transition to a new job or career.
  3. Networking/Increased Opportunities. Weather you take courses on-line or face-to-face, your fellow classmates come from a wide variety of industries. You will be studying with professors who are subject matter experts and are industry leaders. They will be providing you with real-world knowledge. All of these people will put you at an advantage because they can provide you with valuable networks. Without a doubt, an advanced degree makes a difference on a resume. Earning an advanced degree is evidence of persistence, dedication, and determination! These are the kind of qualities employers look for to fill director or upper management positions. Let’s not forget that many universities offer internships for students in a Master’s degree program. This not only widens your networking, it may also lead to employment after graduation. 
  4. Keeps you Competitive. An important reminder, higher levels of education are more preferred than lower ones. Completing your Master’s degree means you have the skills and expertise that others may not have-helping you to stay competitive in the future job market. This makes you the desirable candidate even if you have been in the industry for a while. 
  5. Lifelong Learning. Seventy three percent of Americans consider themselves lifelong learners, with 74% indicating that they have participated in an activity over the past year that enhances their lifelong pursuit of knowledge. By earning a graduate degree you continue to expand upon knowledge, learning researching skills and other important skills that will prepare you for a life of continuous learning!

One last thought….According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), “occupations that need more education for entry are projected to grow faster.” As a result, there may be an expected increase in employment for jobs requiring master’s degrees versus just a bachelor’s degree. It is projected that careers requiring a minimum of a master’s degree or higher are expected to grow from 1.7% to 13.7% from 2018 to 2028 (U.S. BLS, 2019).

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