Post-Secondary Education

The more education you have beyond high school, the more employment choices you will have. With a special license or certificate from a two- or four-year degree program, you can choose careers that suit your strengths and interests. In addition, you will be well-equipped to accomplish your own long-term goals, provide for your family and benefit your community. There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Each offers different opportunities and experiences in academics, extracurricular activities and campus life. Almost all colleges, however, give you the opportunity to earn a degree representing a deep understanding of a specific subject. Like your high school diploma, a college degree is a rite of passage to more opportunities in the future. Learn more about the various types of degree programs and the job opportunities that stem from these degrees.

Associate Degree: You might consider pursuing education and training programs that are two years in length or shorter. These programs often lead to a license, a certificate or an associate degree. Schools that offer associate degrees include junior and community colleges. Many schools emphasize education in such technical fields as computer technology. With a two-year degree, you can find work as a technician, nurse, mechanic, physical therapist, restaurant manager and more. Sometimes, students transfer from two-year to four-year schools and use their associate degrees as credit toward their bachelor's degrees.

Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor's degree will provide you with skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects while allowing you to focus on one or two subject areas in greater depth. Bachelor's degrees are offered at four-year colleges and universities and normally take four years of study to complete. With a bachelor's degree, you can pursue careers in journalism, education, graphic design, computer science, banking, law enforcement and more.

Graduate Degrees: After receiving a bachelor's degree, you may want to pursue a graduate degree. There are many different types of graduate degrees and each usually requires two or more years of study beyond college. Such fields as architecture, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, psychology, education and medicine all require some type of graduate or doctoral degree.