The Lesser-Known Benefits of Your College Degree

By Staff Writer Published on March 9, 2011

New students often come to my office with a new sense of anticipation and excitement. And with good reason—they’re embarking on a new adventure, a new life, and the possibility of a career with great rewards. But as exciting as the chance at a new career is, studies show that their decision to enroll in college provides some lesser-known benefits. Some might be considered just as important as the opportunity for a professional career and more money. Some are priceless.

Here are just a few:

  • Your earnings could increase by 16%
    • A study in the American Economic Review shows that workers who have completed a four-year college degree earn up to 16% more than workers who don’t have secondary degrees.
  • You may become four times less likely to get sick
    • Not only could you be earning more, but studies show that as a college grad, you’re four times less likely to report health problems than people with less than a high school education.
  • You could be one of the 45% who are happy at work
    • Wealth, health, and a job you love—with a college degree in a field you’re passionate about, you could join the 45% of U.S. workers who reported being satisfied with their jobs in 2010.
  • You’ll be three times less likely to be unemployed
    • The economic climate is still uncertain—especially for people without a degree. Studies have shown that workers without a high school diploma are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than their happy, better-paid, healthy college-graduate counterparts.

When my new students come into my office, I tell them that I’m as excited as they are—enrolling in college was such an important step toward the future they envision for themselves, with a few extra bonuses along the way.

Author Bio:
Tana Sanderson is the Director of Admissions for California College San Diego.  With 18 years of higher education administration and classroom experience, she has served as the chief operational, academic and business officer for both non-profit and proprietary colleges.  As a past Dean and Regional Director, she provided direction and leadership, managed the financial aid, academics, career services, distance education, and admissions departments.  She has a Master of Science degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Diego State University.  She has doctoral coursework in business.  Tana is a native San Diegan.