College graduates earn more money than professionals without degrees.

How’s that for an obvious statement?

We’ve long heard that people with degrees and certifications make more money in their lifetimes, but since it’s such ‘common knowledge’ we often ignore what that actually means, or what it could mean for us.

For example, did you know that according to 2011 numbers, men and women with an associate’s degree were earning approximately $10,000 more each year than their counterparts with only a high school diploma?

Can you imagine what an extra $10,000 per year ($830+ per month) would mean for you and your family?

It’d make a pretty significant difference, right?

Dream IT Jobs Can & Do Equal More Money

Contrary to the starving artist stereotype, working in your dream field doesn’t have to mean living in a cold apartment with no food or no furniture—or any sort of life-altering sacrifice, for that matter.

Quite the contrary, actually.

A dream job in IT, because smart professionals in this area are in such high demand, will probably pay more than you’re earning now, and will almost always pay higher than the national average.

So letting go of the idea that ‘dream job = severe financial sacrifices’ will put you into the position you need to start seriously exploring how to land your dream job and how much your work will be worth.

And with our degree programs, the difference is usually a little more than $10,000 per year. Because we specialize in high-demand, high-paying IT-based professions, our graduates significantly out-earn their ‘average’ counterparts in the work force.

How Much an IT Certification Program Can Boost Your Income

In 2014, the average wage for a full-time worker in the United States was $41,080 per year.

That’s not bad, but there is always room for improvement, and if a future of financial stability, a happy retirement, and / or providing more for your family mean something to you, then a higher income can be a vehicle that gets you there.

Pairing LeaderQuest’s profession-focused training programs with median salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can see what taking the time and spending a little on your education could mean for boosting your household income:

Our Infrastructure Tech Support Program trains Support Technicians and Desktop Support Specialists that the BLS clusters under Computer Support Specialists with an average salary of $48,900 per year. It also trains System Administrators and Network Administrators, which the BLS calls Network and Computer Systems Administrators for an average annual salary of $72,560.

Our Database Administration program churns out high-quality Database Administrators, which the BLS database reports earn an average of $77,080 each year.

The average Web Developer earns $62,500 worth of annual salary, and Information Security Analysts earn $86,170.

Finally, (this one’s the doozy) Computer and Information Systems Managers take home an average of $120,950 per year.

Looking at this picture, even the lowest-earning certification still takes home almost $8,000 per year more than the average-paid worker. And that average includes professionals with education levels ranging from a high school diploma to a PhD.

Imagine what it would be like to not dread Monday mornings anymore. Even if you were ‘only’ earning $8,000 more per year, wouldn’t it be worth that to actually enjoy the work you do?

The Next Steps to Your Dream Job & a Higher Salary

The first thing you need to do before you can start earning more money in a job you love is to figure out the IT career path you’ll be happiest in.

If you’ve got an idea already, that’s great, you can check out the career map below to find out which certification makes the most sense for you to pursue.

LeaderQuest Certification Career Map

With this map, you can choose your starting points—even if you have no experience—and figure out which steps you need to take to get to your dream job.

If you’re unsure exactly where to start, The Muse has a nice collection of career quizzes to help you get started – and about half of them are totally free.

When you’re ready to get more information about a course, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have and give you after-graduation employment projections and estimated salaries for your area.