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BS in Professional and Liberal Studies: Career Outlook

How much is a college degree worth? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a worker with a bachelor’s degree will earn about $1.2 million more over a typical 40-year career than someone with only a high school diploma. In a single year, government data show a college graduate earns, on average, an extra $29,184 on top of the average income earned by those without a degree*.

This makes education perhaps the most valuable investment in the world, and completing your Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS) online at Saint Joseph’s University is flexible, convenient and cost-effective.

Average American Income Per Level of Education

Level of Education Average Income
No High School Diploma $30,877
High School Diploma $41,248
Bachelor’s Degree $70,432
Master’s Degree $88,477

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2012

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional and Liberal Studies?

The career-oriented curriculum of the online PLS program is designed to help give you the skills needed to pursue opportunities in the career field of your choice. The program includes courses specifically devoted to career development, and an optional focus area in Organization Development and Leadership that will help prepare you for upper management positions and maximum career mobility.

Students must take at least 45 credits from the Professional and Liberal Studies curriculum, which offers ample opportunity to tailor your course selections to your professional goals. The courses you can choose from cover topics including business ethics, professional writing, religion, executive coaching, negotiating, and more.

The program’s diverse curriculum means that you will leave Saint Joseph’s University prepared to start a career in any number of fields, including business, government, non-profit organizations, criminal justice, social services, and so much more.

A College Degree is the New High School Diploma

BurningGlass reports that an increasing percentage of new hires are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This is true even for positions that have traditionally been held by people who didn’t attend college. Executive assistants, construction supervisors, and entry-level IT help desk positions are just a few examples of jobs where you are increasingly likely to be required to possess a bachelor’s degree to even be considered.

Getting Started with Saint Joseph’s University’s BS in Professional and Liberal Studies

The key to a good job is good education, and there is no finer, more convenient or more supportive place to build the foundation for your future career than online at Saint Joseph’s University.

To learn more about the online Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies program at Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.

* Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2012, Total Money Earnings by Educational Attainment

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