College News: Bachelor’s Degrees At All Time High

According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, students obtaining bachelor’s degrees are at an all time high. What’s more, these numbers have been on a steady incline since the 1990s. Just over 30 percent of adults in America hold a bachelor’s degree – a first in our nation.

The study also concludes that women are close to surpassing men in the number of bachelor’s degrees obtained. Despite a lull in college enrollment and graduation in the 1970s, rates have been consistently increasing since the mid-90s. The results include all demographics – including blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans obtaining more bachelor degrees than ever before.

The Census Bureau also reports that since March 2011, over 30 percent of people over the age of 25 hold at least a bachelor’s degree, with 10.9 percent of this demographic also holding a graduate degree – up from 26.2 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively (2009).

While the number of minorities holding a bachelor’s degree is increasing, the numbers still trail behind white, non-Hispanics. Asian Americans remain the most educated group, with 50.3 percent of this demographic holding a bachelor’s degree. Just over 19 percent of Asian Americans also hold a graduate degree.

What does this information mean for you?

This recent college news shows that these statistics aren’t just numbers! Whether you’re a high school graduate or working adult looking to get ahead, this report holds optimistic news for you:

  1. Bachelor’s degrees are more obtainable than ever. Financial aid, online colleges, and resources like make it easier than ever to obtain a degree. Don’t let money or time stand in the way of achieving your dreams.
  2. High-demand fields remain. According to a study performed by the Census Bureau, engineering and science remain the most popular fields of study. This is mostly due to the continued demand for careers in this field. Science and engineering also tend to be two higher paying fields. Other career fields in demand of educated professionals include nursing and education.
  3. Demographics don’t matter. Everyone is continuing to see the value of a college education. Regardless of age, race, or sex you can obtain a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in order to start an exciting and valued career.
  4. Higher education is still relevant. Whether you learn a trade, get a certificate, or obtain your bachelor’s degree – higher education will help you get ahead. Find the education and career path that’s right for you and get started!

A college education is within your reach. The Census Bureau has consistently reported an increase in the amount of Americans obtaining a bachelor’s degree over the past decade. Let a college education work for you – find your field of study today!

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