Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

On a dream, undeterred

Nov 12, 2019

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

Trade certificates help men more than women

Marketplace Contributor Jun 6, 2012
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Kai Ryssdal: There’s some new research out today about education and how much you make. A study from Georgetown University says that if you have what’s called a post-secondary certificate, you’ll earn 20 percent more than somebody with with just a high school diploma. Over a lifetime, that adds up to nearly a quarter of a million dollars more.

But women with certificates aren’t earning nearly as much as men. From the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk, Shereen Marisol Meraji reports.


Jessica Arnold: My name is Jessica Arnold and I am a hairstylist.

Shereen Marisol Meraji: Jessica Arnold grew up in a college town — Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arnold: I felt like I was surrounded by college students, and a majority of my clients were college students.

But, college wasn’t for Arnold — she always knew she wanted to do hair and says her parents were encouraging.

Arnold: I don’t think they were college people either. My dad was a business owner and he didn’t go to college.

Anthony Carnevale: A lot of certificates that females tend to get are dead-end; health care tends to be that way, frankly, as does cosmetology.

Anthony Carnevale directs the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce; he conducted the certificates study and says Arnold’s earnings are likely to stay stagnant. Totally different for men.

Carnevale: The lowest earning certificate that’s dominated by men pays more than highest earnings certificate for women.

And if you’re a man in a high earning category — like computers or engineering — you’re more likely to go back to college and get a degree. I didn’t have to look too far to find a real-life example.

Marketplace IT guru Steve Turzo is a CISCO-certified network associate. And, he already makes $60,000 a year.

Meraji: Do you want to go back to college?

Steve Turzo: Yep.

Meraji: To do what?

Turzo: I don’t know, study computer science, something like that.

Georgetown’s Carnevale says if he was giving female members of his family advice, he’d tell them to follow Turzo’s lead and not stop at a certificate.

I’m Shereen Marisol Meraji for Marketplace.

Fall of the Berlin Wall
Fall of the Berlin Wall
The financial lessons of Germany's reunification 30 years ago.  
Check Your Balance ™️
Check Your Balance ™️
Personal finance from Marketplace. Where the economy, your personal life and money meet.
How We Survive
How We Survive
Climate change is here. Experts say we need to adapt. This series explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the changes ahead.