Understanding Minimum Education Requirement on the Career Center

Every career has a different level of education needed in order to pursue it successfully. Read the different levels of education so you can better understand how much schooling is necessary for each:


Doctoral or Professional Degree
Doctoral (PhD) or professional degrees (Law, Business, Medical, etc.) are required for careers where specialized knowledge and skills are needed.

You will first need to do well in your Bachelor’s degree to set yourself up for acceptance into additional degree programs and be passionate about your chosen career. Be prepared to spend at least 3 years of education after high school. Though it’s a long road, the payoff is high. These positions offer high pay and job security.


Master's Degree
For professions requiring Master’s degrees, you will need to do well in your Bachelor’s degree and then gain entry another program to gain additional specialized skills that will be needed in an entry level role in this career. You’ll likely need to spend at least 5 years in school before getting a full time position in this career.


Bachelor's Degree
Careers in this category require completion of a Bachelor’s degree. This usually takes 4 years to complete, though it can take between 3 and 5 years depending on the program and amount of advanced credit you earned in high school. Pursuing a masters or advanced degree later in your career could also help you advance in this area.


Associate's Degree
For these careers you will need a base of specific skills and knowledge gained in an Associate’s degree. These degrees usually require 2 years to complete. Some associates degrees focus on preparing you to work in a particular career and others prepare you for being able to complete a Bachelor's degree. You will need to make sure that the degree you pick is setting you up for success in your chosen career path.


Postsecondary Certificate
For these careers you’ll need additional education and training from a college or university, but not a full degree. Some postsecondary non-degree programs last only a few weeks, while others may last 1 to 2 years. These programs will prepare you for entry into a specific field, but you may want to consider additional education to advance your career as you progress.


Some College, No Degree
Careers in this category require a high school diploma or GED and completion of some post-secondary courses to gain specific skills, but not a full degree or certificate. Without additional education, future advancement in this area could be difficult.


High School Diploma (or Equivalent)
Careers in this category require only a high school diploma or an equivalent credential (such as the GED). These jobs are accessible, but are generally low paying, prone to automation and potential decline. Having only a high school diploma could also make advancement in this career area difficult.


No Formal Educational Credential
Careers in this category are accessible for those who have not obtained a high school diploma or an equivalent credential (such as the GED). Unfortunately these careers are low paying and offer poor job security. Without education or credentials, advancement will be very difficult.

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