A new study says those who earned their associates degree make more money than those with bachelors degrees. This study says students who spend half the amount in school start out making more, and that shocked some students we talked to.
Mollie Brennan of Lancaster was waiting for her Physical Therapy classes. She is set to graduate in October from Central Penn, but this isn't her first college graduation. "I got a bachelors in Biology and there's not much you can do with a bio degree so I've always had an interest in physical therapy. So this was the next best step in getting into the field I wanted to be in."
But Mollie says she couldn't find a job so she came back to get her associates. "It's a Physical Therapy Assistant degree so it'll be in the field, but a little different."
But Mollie isn't alone in going back. According to a study by Georgetown University, about 30% of americans who have their associates degree starting out making more than with a bachelors.
Ashley McGowan, also a Central Penn student, says she didn't think that was possible. "When I first heard it was really surprised because that doesn't seem like it can be the case."
"It's a little shocking and a little disheartening, until you actually get the understanding you'll be making more in your lifetime." Said student Amanda Kloehr.
But Central Penn College's Career Services Director, Steve Hassinger, says he's not surprised by the findings. "I think it depends on what the major is or area of study."
Steve says it all depends on the degree and the market. Associates degrees are specialized, which adds to a more marketable college grad."I think if you can have those specialized certifications, area of specializations employers are looking for, it can definitely give you a leg up on somebody else."
Now the study also said in time, those who have Bachelors will make more than those with Associates.