More adults are returning to college, are you one of them?

More adults are returning to college, are you one of them?

Based on data collected from USA Today, the U.S. Census Bureau and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, more adults are returning to college to obtain advanced degrees and are earning more than their bachelor’s degree counterparts. By 2025, employers are expected to need 23 million more college graduates than the nation’s colleges and universities will have conferred at the current rate. Take a look at the infographic below –

Particularly if you're looking at master's, professional, or doctoral degrees, you're in good company. Overall, more people are getting these degrees in the U.S. Peak ages for obtaining them range from 30-64. The National Center for Education Statistics confirms this trend, noting that the increase in students age 25 and older has been larger than the increase in younger students and this pattern is expected to continue.  According to USA Today, employers in 2025 will need about 23 million more degree holders than the nation's colleges and universities will have produced at the current rate. Overall, those with graduate degrees are earning 35% more than those with bachelor's degrees. Advanced derees are particularly valuable in the health and social/behavioral sciences. Old School – An infographic by Northeastern University College of Professional Studies. Think you’re too old to go back to school? Think again.

What do you think these data suggest? Are you an adult learner? How has returning to school improved your career?

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