Census Bureau Says More and More U.S. Residents Are Getting High School and College Diplomas

June 29, 2004--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--According to the Department of Labor Information between 2000 and 2010, there will be over five million new service related jobs open, requiring at least a high school education.

In addition, there will be more than 7 million professional related jobs requiring college education or higher.

Neal Vickers works for the career services department at Arkansas State University.

"I think that information is fueling the choices.  It's actually fueling the choices about what people are going to do with their future,"says Vickers.

A recent study shows more and more U S residents are finishing high school, and going on to higher education. Vickers says kids are realizing that in a lot of cases more education means more money.

"Their hearing from their bosses, their recruiters in their organizations that they need college,"said Vickers.

Of course with a good education, it would seem like jobs would be easier to come by.

However, there are other steps high school and college graduates can take to appeal to potential employers.

"Cooperative education internships, or at least a part time job in the field, that's going to be the competitive edge,"said Vickers.

Amanda Reeves works for Staff Mark.

She says sometimes people come to Reeves feeling overqualified for their first job right after college; however, she says more education usually pays off in the end.

"They often times get to take advantage of upper mobility's in the company and they can move up, and be more successful due to the education they received early on in life,"said Reeves.