Working Toward Your Dream Job

The men and women who have these rewarding, meaningful jobs in education did not get them because they are lucky – they got them because they had the vision to see the road towards their career destination and the work ethic to walk it.

More often than not, the straightest road to that destination is through education. The majority of education careers require at least a bachelor’s and often a master’s degree. Whether you’re pursuing an associate’s degree in childhood development to become a child care worker or teacher’s assistant or a master’s degree in library science to become a librarian, continued formal education in the specialization of your choice will qualify you for a range of public and private-sector careers, prepare you for a competitive labor market, and significantly increase your paycheck.

Education IS the Difference

It’s easy to see that the more educated you are, the more secure your job will be, and the more money you’ll make. But education has never made more of a difference than it does today: according to the National Center for Education Statistics,, in 1980 a male worker with a high school diploma or GED made a median of $41,400; his female counterpart made $26,900. A man in 1980 who worked for a bachelor’s (or higher) degree, bumped his earnings up to $48,900, an increase of “only” $7,500. By 2006, a male worker with a high school education was making only $30,000, while his more-educated neighbor was making $50,000 a year, a whopping 60% or $20,000 more. The trends are similar for female workers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The point is, there is a gap: in earnings, in opportunities, in job security. There’s a gap, and it’s growing. The more educated you are, the better positioned you will be for higher pay, a better job, and a more rewarding life.

Satisfied or not with your current employment, the possibility of career advancement or a significant raise is unlikely without a college degree. In whatever you do, raw talent will only take you so far. In a field as specialized and degree-driven as education, the ability to interact with others and the advanced knowledge of a specific area of study or teaching method is typically not sufficient; you often need the training and legitimacy earned through continued formal education.

The desirability of a degree is a no-brainer, but the problem for many people is a perceived inability to fit more schooling into the framework of an already busy and demanding work and personal life, and to make it financially possible. The finances are often easy – elsewhere on this Web site we’ll show you how to qualify for federal aid and school loans. Finding the time to complete a degree may seem even more daunting. If you have a fast-paced life which demands flexibility and the drive to pursue a degree that will launch you in a new career – or advance your current career – education schools online may be the answer.