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Which Degree is Right for You?

Did you know that many associate degrees take two years to complete? Or that the Ph.D. is far from the only type of doctoral degree awarded at the highest levels of academic study? Each of the available degree levels has its own advantages and potential shortcomings, and these articles can help you get a clearer picture of what's out there and plan your own journey from school to career with a greater sense of confidence.

Click through on the links below and you'll find info about associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees, as well as non-degree training that may lead to a certificate, diploma or other credential that verifies a completed program of vocational education. Find out about the top study plans at each degree level, the sort of jobs that require each type of training and, where available, employment figures and salary averages for careers to which each type of degree plan can lead.

Does more education necessarily lead to more job prospects, higher pay and greater financial security? The answer may not be as simple as it might seem. Read on to learn more.

A doctorate is the highest level degree students can earn. See which careers call for a doctorate and learn more about what's required to earn one.

A masters degree is a higher level of education than a bachelor's but less than a doctorate. Explore which students may want to consider earning this specialized degree and how its earned.

Bachelor's degrees are the next level of degree earned after a high school diploma or GED. Learn more about how these degrees can be completed and why many students may want to consider earning one.

An associate degree is an undergraduate degree that typically requires less time spent in school. Read on to learn how they're earned and to explore some of the jobs students with an associate degree can pursue

A certificate is not a degree. Certificate programs typically focus on building or strengthening a specific skill. Learn more about why students pursue certificate programs and if it might be the right path for you.