According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2003 the median weekly
salary for a high school graduate over 25 was $547.
College graduates in the same age group earned $969!
At 52 weeks a year,
you'd make almost $22,000 more each year with a college
IT'S A NO-BRAINER
you're planning to go to collegeor are already enrolledyou're
en route to one of the most exciting times in your life. Many
great experiences and challenges lie ahead.
As a Venture Scholar, no doubt people have told youand
told you againhow important
it is to have a college education. Earning a college degree
is not just about how much more money you can earn (although
that's important, too). It's about growing personally through
classes and experience. And it's about finding and preparing
for a meaningful career.
College is a great time to learn independent living skills,
such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, and managing money. This
Web site is designed to help you learn how to finance college
and give you some important tools to deal with your money
now and throughout your life. You'll learn to set short-term
goalssuch as how to
save money for a new laptop or a summer study tripplus
how to plan for long-term goals like graduating from college
with little or no debt. Like earning a college degree, knowing
how to handle your money can help you realize small dreams
and big ones, too.
Take a minute to check out the facts below. They'll give
you some insight into the long-term benefits of a college
degree and a career in math or science.
Show Me the Money
Math- and science-based careers are not only interesting,
they also can be extremely lucrative. Consider this:
- The median annual earnings of engineering managers were
$90,930 in 2002.
- The median annual wage and salary earnings of pharmacists
in 2002 were $77,050.
- According to the Medical Group Management Association's
Physician Compensation and Production Survey, median total
compensation for internal medicine physicians in 2002 was
- The median annual earnings of computer systems analysts
were $62,890 in 2002.
- In 2002, the median wage and salary annual earnings of
accountants and auditors were $47,000.
(Unless specified, the above data came from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.)