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What difference does college make?

After earning a high school diploma, you’re ready to enter the working world, right? Not quite!

Did you know that adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, almost $1 million more in a lifetime than those who only graduated high school? You can make even more if you stay in school and get your master’s degree or a Ph.D.! Check it out:


ANNUAL EARNINGS BY LEVEL OF EDUCATION

Education Median Earnings
High school diploma $34,197
Associate’s degree $44,086
Bachelor’s degree $57,026
Master’s degree $69,958
Doctorate degree $88,867
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

EMPLOYMENT RATES BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Education Employment Rate
Less than High School 85.1%
High School diploma 89.7%
Associate’s degree 93%
Bachelor’s degree 94.6%
Master’s degree 96%
Doctorate degree 98.1%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
What can I study?

What can I study?

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are some of the hottest and fastest-growing in the country.

Learn more about these jobs of the future

With 23 campuses and literally hundreds of major offerings, you can study many things at the California State University. Consider a career in these growing fields:

  • Health care
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Education
  • Government
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Green careers

Find out what you can study

My Future Career

My Future Career

Choose a course of study based on your interests. The possibilities for success are endless!

Explore your options

STEM: Jobs of the Future

STEM: Jobs of the Future

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are some of the hottest and fastest-growing in the country.

Learn more about these jobs of the future

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