Many people know that they want to attend college, but don't know exactly why, or how it will enrich their lives.
Obviously, higher income is a primary benefit of earning your college degree.
But most jobs that require a bachelor's, master's, doctoral or professional degree tend to also provide more benefits.
Entering college, not everyone knows what they want to do when they grow up.
But most know they want to have a better job-not only one that will pay more, but one in which they are more satisfied and secure.
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That's why we want you to know that, when you visit our website, we use technologies like cookies to collect anonymized data so that we can better understand and serve our audience. Families of college graduates are generally better off economically and socially.But it is also more likely that the next generation of children will attend college.This translates to a significant earnings gap over the course of one's life.Earnings potential varies depending on what field you work in.If you enter one of these fields, you're likely to find a good job somewhere – even if it doesn't pay as well a job in engineering or business.There is still an income disparity in gender and race.That combination of benefits is why so many people make the investment of time and money to go to college.Often times it's not necessarily what you study, but the fact that you studied something at all.by Becton Loveless Earning a college degree is such an important step in life that it has become a central part of the "American Dream".Go to college, get a job, buy a house, raise a family.