Degree Central cites 2010 statistics from the College Board that show the average annual tuition cost for a community college is $2,544. Most can be earned in two years or less, although some students might take longer if they are juggling professional and family responsibilities along with their studies. For most students, a degree from a community college can be earned for less than $9,000.
- Dental Hygienist: $57,000
- Nurse: $55,000
- Radiology Technician: $52,000
- Physical Therapy Assistant: $46,000
- Graphic Designer: $40,000-$50,000
- Computer Support Specialists: $46,000-$60,000
- Web Designer: $47,000
- Electrical Technician: $40,000
- Engineering Technicians: $41,000-$52,000
- Solar Panel Installers: $50,000+
- Personal and professional mobility
- A higher level of savings
- Higher quality of life for offspring
- Improved consumer decision-making
- More hobbies and leisure activities to enjoy
- Medical and Dental Field
- Construction and Engineering
- Computers and Technology
- Green Industries
- Business and Finance
- Criminal Justice and Law
- Social Services
- Real Estate
Define Your Goals
Where do you want to go with your career? By determining where you want to end up, you will have a better idea of how to map out your path to get there. It might be an associate degree, with the ability to extend that education to a four-year degree later on.
Determine Your Experience Level
If you have practical experience in your industry currently, this will go far in helping you make the most of your associate degree. If you don’t have practical experience, look for a program that will help you network within your industry, through internships and apprenticeships, so you are prepared to head right into the workforce after graduation.
While the cost of higher education may be on the rise, the value of a degree is still high. Your community college education can take you far in terms of landing a job and moving up the corporate ladder.
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