Value of High-Demand Certificates
Credentials other than a two-year or four-year degree are valuable in many high-demand fields. On average, the value of a certificate and an Associate degree is roughly the same over the course of one's career-in fact, if a certificate earned is in a high-demand field, such as health care or engineering, it can result in even greater earnings than an Associate's degree in other fields.
Source: Wheary, Jennifer and Vivany Orozco. Graduated Success: Sustainable Economic Opportunity Through One and Two Year Credentials. Demos, 2010.