The rate of technological advancement promises to continue at an exponential rate. Technology has improved the global quality of life while creating rewarding careers and some compelling reasons that one of them may be right for you. Here are 5 benefits to earning a technical degree in college.
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1. Education Costs
According to a recent article in Forbes, the average cost of a four-year degree at a public university is $112,000. The cost at a private university can be as high as $334,000. While many get four-year degrees in the technical field, it is also possible to complete your education and begin your technical career more quickly. The average cost of a two year technical degree is only $33,000. In addition to less initial cost, a technical degree can also save thousands of dollars in interest on school loans over time.
2. Job Market
Nearly every business now has a web presence and requires a company computer infrastructure to remain competitive. People in the technical fields have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. For example, the unemployment rate for web developers is 2.7%. Similarly, there are at least eleven jobs in the field with unemployment rates at 3.5% or below, compared to the current national unemployment average of 5.3%
The average starting salary for those with a BS in computer science is approximately $46,000, while the average starting salary for someone with a two-year tech degree is $35,720. However, experience counts highly in the tech field and median salaries range between $65,000 and $150,000 per year.
4. Opportunities for Creativity
Tacy Trowbridge, manager of education systems for Adobe, one of the leading tech and software companies, was quoted as saying “Creativity is essential … It’s no longer an elective; it’s the future because the world of work is changing quickly.” According to a recent survey of hiring managers, 88% said that being tech-savvy was among the most important skills in today’s job market. Others included communication ability, creativity and innovation.
5. Mobility and Travel
Another benefit of having a tech degree is that technology transcends borders and languages, making it possible to work anywhere in the world. Utilizing computer and mathematical language, the high demand for jobs in the technical field give people more choices regarding both their living and working environments. Whether you prefer a small town or a large city, dressing up and going to an office, or working from home the majority of time, a career in the technical field allows for many options.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. Lizzie went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.