Did you know that nearly 70 percent of everyone working in America is unhappy at their job? Deseret News reports that this statistic includes vast numbers of “uninspired” and “less engaged” workers, possibly like you. If you’re running on a hamster wheel that never goes anywhere, what do you do?
Can You Really Get Ahead By Going Back To School?
In the long run, you can save more money to get ahead if you get the right college-level IT Education for a higher salary. Purchasing Power describes that:
“A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that among millennials ages 25 to 32, the average annual earnings for full-time working college-degree holders are $17,500 greater than for those with high-school diplomas only.”
On the other hand, you still face lots of tuition fees and possibly additional loans if you can’t get enough financial aid. Are you really willing to risk carrying extra debt on your shoulders if you still don’t get a great job with your new degree? For this very reason, consider which IT jobs really require a degree and which ones do not.
Experience.com reports on what education employers require for the top IT jobs:
- To become an IT consultant, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
- To work as a cloud architect, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is often a prerequisite.
- A job as a computer forensic investigator is great if you get a degree in computer forensics, cyber security or information security.
However, some high-paying IT jobs demand experience over education:
- Working as a web developer only requires an outstanding portfolio of past work to land good freelance jobs. Some learn web design through accredited degree programs, but web development is still largely a self-taught skill.
- Employment as an IT vendor manager has flexible education requirements. While computer-science degrees may be helpful, practical business knowledge and experience in the field is often more valuable to employers.
Remember that a new degree doesn’t necessarily put you on the fast track to get a better career. U.S. News investigated if it’s really worth the time and money to get your master’s degree. They found that:
“… having a master’s degree won’t necessarily be worth the investment, and that may be the case if you work in an industry that values experience over educational background. For example, an advanced degree doesn’t make a graphic designer more talented. Most companies would hire him or her based on a portfolio.”
Talk to other experienced professionals in the field you want to work in before jumping back into school. Both you, and your wallet, will be glad you did.