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Why go to college?
Can't I get a good job now?
Yes, maybe you could, but a college degree will make your chances even better. Check out the earnings and unemployment rates for people 25 years and older with different levels of education:
Mean (average) earnings in 2011 $29,848 $41,228 $46,228 $49,920 $52,988 $71,552 $84,448 $102,648 $121,212
Level of education Less than a High school diploma High school graduate, no college Some college, no degree Occupational program (career school) Associate degree (academic program) Bachlor's degree Master's degree DOctoral degree (e.g.,PH.D.) Professional degree (e.g.,M.D.,J.D.)
Unemployment rate in 2011 14.1% 9.4% 8.7% 6.6% 6.9% 4.9% 3.6% 2.5% 2.4%