Students approaching high school graduation have a variety of post-graduation pathways they can take to enter the workforce. However, they generally have little information on the financial implications of these decisions.
This paper seeks to measure the impact of a high school graduate’s education choices and how these choices affect future wages. In this study, we found relationships between different education credentials and programs that will help students and policymakers understand what today’s students may earn after they enter Washington’s workforce — whether directly after high school graduation or after they earn an education credential.
The most important takeaways from this study: