IT Help Desk Jobs: Associate Degrees vs. Bachelor Degrees
You need to ask to ask yourself what your goals are if you plan to work at an IT help desk job. College offers two stops along the way to graduation. You can either earn an associate’s degree in two years, or you can push for a bachelor’s degree in four.
Common wisdom dictates that, with a college degree, you will earn $1,000,000 in your lifetime. You would think that an associate’s degree would earn you at least $500,000.00 more over your lifetime, but that’s not entirely accurate. Take a look at the following data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As you can see, earnings rise with greater degrees until professional, where doctoral degrees take a slight dip. You can also see that an associate’s degree will only get you $777 a week on average, while a bachelor’s degree averages just over $1,100 a week. These numbers clearly indicate that you will earn just less than half from only two years of higher education.
|Education Attained||Unemployment Rate in 2013 (%)||Median Weekly Earnings ($)|
|Some college, no degree||7.0||727|
|High school diploma||7.5||651|
|Less than a high school diploma||11||472|
Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full‐time wage and salary workers.
Yet, education isn’t everything, and even though the trend has declined somewhat, IT positions often pay more than other entry‐level positions in other industries. While there are no guarantees, with just a few years of experience as a consultant, the right keywords on your resume, and a high school diploma or an associate’s degree, you can get work that pays upward of $25 an hour, slightly higher than the median $19 an hour.