Dear Annie:I had hoped my oldest daughter would be heading back to college right about now, but after doing all right academically in her freshman and sophomore years, she decided she'd rather look into other opportunities instead. I'm trying very hard not to think of this move as "dropping out," but I can't help worrying about her future if she doesn't finish school. One of the careers she's considering has something to do with computerized medical record-keeping. (She's very good with computers.) Do you know anything about that? Could she make a decent living at it? — Concerned Dad
Dear CD: Your worry is certainly understandable, but consider your daughter could be on to something. Exactly what a four-year college degree is worth, in dollars-and-cents terms over the whole course of someone's career, is a complex question.
一方面，乔治城大学教育与工作中心（Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University）最近公布的一份研究发现，持有学士学位的人比仅有高中文凭的人，平均收入高84%。与1999年的75%相比，增长幅度非常显著。
On the one hand, according to a new study from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, bachelor's degree holders earn, on average, 84% more than people who have only a high school diploma. That's a marked increase from 75% more in 1999.
But at the same time, those averages can be deceptive. The Georgetown researchers note, "People with lower educational attainment can often make more than those with higher attainment as a result of occupational differences."
For instance, their analysis found that more than a quarter (28%) of people with a two-year associate's degree make more than the median average pay of workers with bachelor's degrees, and 40% of bachelor's degree holders out-earn the median income for people with master's degrees.
As the study puts it, "these figures reflect a critical aspect of the education and earnings game: The actual job that someone does -- the work they perform -- has a significant effect on earnings."
2011-09-15 10:58 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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