Why You Should Pursue a Master's Degree

By: Nicolette Montano

Pursuing a master's degree can have many rewarding possibilities. The time it takes to receive a Master's will give you the expertise and knowledge to help advance you in your desired career path with the potential of greater earning capability.

Why You Should Pursue a Master's Degree

After four years of relentless term papers and final exams you have finally received your bachelor’s degree. If you haven’t yet looked through the classifieds or attended your college’s career center it’s easy to say that you’ve found out the hard way. Yes. To make the real money, one must obtain his or her master’s degree. Higher education equates to higher income! But this isn’t the only reason to want to pursue it. Let’s weigh it out.

When one is in a master’s degree program, he or she will do fieldwork and gain more hands-on experience with the field they’re studying. Don’t forget to include this is in your resume. Employers don’t necessarily hire you based only on which degree you hold.

Its prerequisite is the bachelor’s degree and once you have this you can easily pick which master’s program you’re willing to join. The options are endless as they may range from Master of Accountancy to Master of Urban Planning. The only setback of course is the money factor. This is why many people may decide to work while obtaining their master’s. But we all have to invest in order to gain more in the future.

According to a 2002 Department of Education table of income distribution among the various degree levels, 13.3% of master’s degree holders earned more than $100,000 that year compared to only 9.7% of bachelor degree holders. The Department of Education didn’t have a variable for $100,000 or over for years below 2002.

The biggest mistake college graduates make is the break they take between undergraduate and graduate school. Have you ever had a three-day break from work and thought to yourself “I don’t want to go to work”? Well, that’s the same feeling with college students. Once they graduate, they settle for less because they figure they’ve worked hard enough and life in the workplace isn’t so bad! But once you start raking in babies and have a family, you’ll be wishing you went to graduate school. Don’t wait before it’s too late is the bottom line.

By Nicolette Montano, a writer at Helium.com