Career Outcomes

What Earning a Degree Means for You

Earning a college degree is an important step, both personally and professionally. The financial and emotional benefits of higher education make it clear that a degree can make a major difference in your life and career. According to College Board’s Education Pays report, those who’ve earned a bachelor’s degree are likely to be “very satisfied” with their job, and completing a college education can help you increase your earning potential.

Postsecondary degrees of all types (associate, bachelor’s, master’s and more) are associated with higher pay. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association estimates that high school graduates earn an average of $30,000 per year. This number increases dramatically with additional study — graduates with a bachelor’s degree tend to earn more than $50,000 a year, and salaries only go up from there. Of course, your salary depends on your field and your career path.

College graduates have skills that qualify them for a range of careers with upward mobility. All careers are different and generalizations aren’t true for all jobs, but earning a postsecondary degree gives you the knowledge you need to succeed. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, today’s college graduates earn nearly $18,000 more than those without postsecondary degrees, and they report being better prepared for work and a career. Degree programs like those offered at Concordia University, St. Paul teach you to think critically, communicate effectively and solve problems pragmatically. Students benefit from experience in time management, organization and self-discipline, all skills sought by employers.

Our career profiles will give you a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities of each position, as well as details related to work setting, job outlook, salary and more. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or advance in your profession, check out our resources to discover possible job opportunities and where your CSP degree can take you.