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Different Post-high School Path Can Be Lucrative

Different Post-high School Path Can Be Lucrative



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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- For some, pursuing a post-high school certification can be as or more lucrative than a traditional college degree.

According to the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the median salary for a person with a college bachelor's degree is $45,776. A high school graduate can expect to earn an average of $22,437 and a worker with an associate's degree an average of $30,356.

But traditional degrees aren't for everyone, and certain certificate programs present earning potential that is even greater than that offered by some bachelor's degrees.

Robert Brems is the president of the Utah College of Applied Technology. He says only about 30 percent of U.S. jobs require a four-year degree.

Someone graduating with a certificate in auto mechanics from the UCAT can earn a starting annual salary of about $32,000.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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