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Data Matters: The Earning Power of Certificates

Not everyone who attends a community college goes on to earn an associate degree or transfer to a four-year university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.  Men who earn community college certificates in high-paying fields — such as information technology, aviation, electronics and drafting — and who work in the same occupational field in which they studied can earn more than the median male bachelor’s degree-holder. It should be noted that the same does not hold true for women, who typically require more education than a community college certificate to get traction in the labor market.


Want more information on the earning power of professional certificates for male and female students? Check out Certificates: Gateway to Employment and College Degrees from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. 

This data and analysis courtesy of Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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