College Graduate Salaries

If you're struggling with the idea of whether college is worth it, listen to this. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests a bachelor's degree is a smart investment.

Americans are more educated than ever. According to the recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 27 percent of adults 25 and older have a bachelor's degree, and that number may rise with the increasing access to financial aid.

Dr. Sandy Baum, a college board analyst, says, “More than $100 billion in financial aid was given out last year, so there's help to pay for the rising costs.”

And as far as getting the job you want, Big Bend Workforce Center coordinators say a bachelor's degree is almost a must-have, and along with access to jobs there's the green factor.

Louis Kircannon, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, says, “On average, people with a high school diploma make $30,000 a year while those with a bachelor's degree make 75 percent more.”

Not to mention job satisfaction; TCC vice president of academic affairs says they often see high school grads who want more.

Dr. Barbara Sloan says, “They tried working for a couple of years and the money was nice, but now they come to us and say all I know is that I just don't want to do what I'm doing now.”

Dr. Sloan adds getting a two-year degree in areas experiencing shortages has also paid off for TCC students.