New Study Finds Certificate Training Can Lead to High-Paying Careers

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A new study has found that workers may not need a 4-year college degree on their resume in order to find a good, high-paying job.


According to the report from Georgetown University, workers who had received 2-year certificates from technical schools and community colleges in specific fields earn approximately 20% more than those with no postsecondary education, according to MSNBC.

Researchers found that on average, professionals in high demand fields such as health care, information services and business earn $34,946 a year, compared with $29,202 for those workers with just a high school diploma.

Over the past decade, the number of certificates that workers have added to their resumes in the U.S. has skyrocketed, jumping from 300,000 in 1994 to nearly 1 million this year.

Lead author Anthony Carnevale told the news agency that students need to choose wisely when considering a 2-year certificate because they often are only applicable to specific jobs.

If you pick the wrong certificate it will hurt you more than if you pick the wrong major, Carnevale said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with a postsecondary degree can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education. 

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