Certificates and degrees earned by graduates of two-and four-year colleges or universities lead to different kinds of professional opportunities. Many professions require graduate degrees beyond the traditional four-year degree, such as a medical degree or a law degree. For example:
A course of study in bookkeeping at a community college generally prepares a student for a job as a bookkeeper.
A four-year degree in economics may prepare a student for any one of several jobs in a bank or a business.
A four-year degree in English may serve as background for elementary or secondary school teaching or for work as an editor with a magazine.
In Chart 1, there is a partial listing of different occupations and the educational background generally required or recommended for each. Some people who go on to acquire jobs in the four-year-college column obtain a graduate degree or some graduate education, but many of these jobs can be filled by people who do not have more than a four-year college education. For more information on the educational requirements of specific jobs, contact a guidance counselor or check the latest copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, in your library. (See the last section of this handbook for information on this book and other publications that discuss jobs.)
Examples of Jobs in Which a College Education May Be Recommended or Required
|More Than Four Years of College
(Various Graduate Degrees Required)
Reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Department of Education.