Overview: The college/career pathways available after high school not only have very different lifetime earnings potential, they have very different options, opportunities, and preparation. For example, jobs available to persons holding a high school diploma typically offer very different wages, employee benefits, and opportunities for promotion than those available to persons holding an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree. Similarly, the options and opportunities for entering the military with a high school diploma versus having attended college or having graduated from college also widely vary.
Whatever pathway you choose, it should be an informed pathway in which you are fully aware of the qualifying criteria. The illustrations on the following pages provide examples of your educational and career options after high school, and the lifetime earnings potential based on the educational pathway chosen.