The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate's Degrees: What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College

Examines the labor-market value of associate’s degrees and certificate programs, finding that field of study especially influences future earnings for these programs since they are tightly linked with specific occupations. The report also reveals that the combined number of certificates and associate’s degrees awarded by colleges is similar to the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded—around 2 million per year—with certificates and associate’s degrees each accounting for about 1 million.

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