The Importance of Education By: Christian McCormick

The 3 reasons that achieving an advanced education is important:

1) It generally leads to a happier and healthier life

2) It leads to greater future earning potential and financial stability

3) It opens up far more employment opportunities to prospective employees compared to those who do not get a higher education

While high school and especially college can be very stressful times, completing these courses and coming out with a degree can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and worth the time and money in health and happiness. High school dropouts live, on average, about five years less than those who graduate from college (Merisotis).

In addition to the lower life expectancy, high school dropouts are 42.7% less likely “to report ‘very good’ or better health” than their counterparts who graduate with a college degree (Merisotis).

As well as the proven health benefits, a college degree can help a person feel better about themselves, as well as help them get a leg up in the real world. Graduating college says “something about who you are and the dedication you have to your chosen field,” which makes people more prone to trust you with your work after college.

Aside from the personal and financial benefits that a better education can provide, a person who climbs the ranks of academic achievement will also see the number of opportunities available to them after they they complete school increase substantially.

In 2016, “for the first time, college grads made up a larger slice of the labor market than those without higher education,” (Luhby).

It is also important to evaluate things from the employers point of view when discussing the opportunities that a college education can provide. College not only trains you to be an expert in a certain field, but “trains you to think analytically, understand complex subjects and communicate your own critical ideas about them” (Education Corner). These skills that are taught to graduates are extremely important to employers and are a major factor in the discrepancy in the hirability of college graduates and non- college graduates.

When it comes to future earning potential, there is virtually nothing more important than acquiring a quality education. Students who graduate “with a bachelor’s degree typically earn 66 percent more than those with only a high school diploma,” which is a very impressive margin (USDE).

To take these stats to the next level of education, students who earn a “master's degree or higher earn an average annual salary of $55,242, versus those with a bachelor's degree whose average annual salary is $42,877” (Martin). These substantial wage gaps between different levels of education prove the importance of education on earning potential.

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