April 9, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | 21 Comments Degrees A college degree can not only help you improve your knowledge and skills to get a better job, but also help you earn more money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that individuals with an associate’s degree generally make $47,000 while someone with a bachelors earns $58,000, masters $61,000 and an MBA $78,000. As these numbers show, an education is one of the best ways to move up in your career and boost your salary. Salaries But whether you want to move up in your career or start a new career is completely dependent on you. If you want to start in a new career then an education is the first step. Each career comes with a different average salary. For individuals after graduation that choose to work in the designated fields, may expect to earn: HR Assistants $33,000 Accountant s$41,000 Project Manager $63,000 Police Officers $49,000 Paralegals $45,000 Web Designers $46,000 Interior Designers $37,000 Public School Teachers $51,000 Nurses $61,000 IT Programmers $54,000 Editors $51,000 Intelligence Analyst s $61,000 Electricians $48,000 Choosing a Career Individuals just starting out in these careers may not earn as much as they might want, but with work and dedication generally comes promotion and ultimately higher pay. But what is really important to most people is being happy in their careers. Many see an education as a way to advance in their career or to get into a different one. But they should remember to study and pursue a degree in a career that they would love. As Uri Geller said, “Do what you love. When you love your work, you become the best worker in the world.” And the better your education, skills, and outlook are about your job, the better worker you become, and that means managers will be more likely to notice your efforts and promote you. Through the years there have been many individuals that have worked in lower end jobs and then earned their degree and moved into professions and companies that they love. The same is true for individuals that were in stressful and high paying jobs; they gave it all up in order to pursue their dreams and be in a job that they love. And they are now very happy and encourage others to give up jobs that they hate and pursue a career that will make them happy despite what the salary is. Although salary is important, it is more important to love what you do.