Top 5 Best Computer Certifications For Entry-Level IT

#1: CompTIA A+



The Computing Technology Industry Association (or CompTIA) is a non-profit association that is dedicated to furthering the education and validating experience with its full line of vendor neutral certification exams. CompTIA certs are a great place to start simply because they are vendor neutral and aren’t slanted by any marketing schemes. The best IT certification to start with if you are a newcomer is CompTIA’s A+. Here is an excerpt from CompTIA’s website that helps explain the A+ certification and its merits:

The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. In order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass two exams:

CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.

CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.

There are many great books out there to get you started on A+ preparation, but the best way to do it is to grab an older desktop PC (or if you’re brave, your current desktop PC), open the case and start taking things apart and studying each piece, what it does and where it goes on the motherboard.

For books, you can’t go wrong with Mike Myers’ book “CompTIA A+ All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition.” This book is full of great labs and practice exams that you can do while you’re studying. There are also great training classes offered for A+, as well as online CBT (computer-based training) courses that are terrific in helping you prepare for the exam and gain experience all at the same time.

#2 CompTIA Network+

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I don’t work for CompTIA, and I’m not getting paid by CompTIA, but it just so happens it has a ton of great certifications for beginners. That being said, Network+ is an easy choice for the second best certification for IT newcomers. While A+ does actually touch on some of the physical networking aspects of IT, it just doesn’t cover it in depth enough to gain the understanding you would need to land an entry -level networking job. CompTIA describes the Network+ certification as follows:

The exam covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.

Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The current version of CompTIA Network+, exam code N10-005, was released Dec. 1, 2011. The revised objectives address virtual networking and give increased attention to network security and coverage of the seven-layer OSI (Open System Interconnection) model.

If you want the best return on investment, and a much better looking resume, you should think of A+ and Network+ as a package deal. With both of those certs on paper your resume will definitely stand strong in a pool of contenders. As with A+, there are Network+ classes, along with CBTs and many great books. If you prefer studying from a book, grab Todd Lammle’s “CompTIA Network+ Deluxe Study Guide” which will help you prepare for the N10-005 exam. Todd Lammle is one of networking’s greatest minds and has written many books on networking. It’s always good to learn from the best.

#3 CompTIA Security+

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Yes, yet another CompTIA certification (I promise they are not paying me!). Security+ is an absolute must for any newcomer to the IT field. There are many security threats in today’s world, so much so that companies salivate over a candidate with any security background or certifications. You don’t have to have a CISSP or CEH (we’ll talk about these in a future post) for goodness’ sakes. Security+ is a great start for a newcomer. Here’s what CompTIA has to say about the Security+ certification:

CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates competency in:

  • Network security
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography

CompTIA Security+ not only ensures that candidates will apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to security incidents, it ensures that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them.

This may be the most important certification the IT newcomer could get. There are many big mistakes out there for the newcomer to make if they don’t fully understand the basics of IT security. Aside from that, the government has come out with the DoDD directive 8570 that requires government and contracting personnel to have certain certifications that deal with information assurance and security. Security+ is one cert that satisfies the 8570 directive (read more about 8570 here). There are of course many good books to help you prepare for the exam; I would recommend Emmett Dulaney’s “CompTIA Security+ Study Guide.”


#4 Cisco CCENT



Some of you may already have the Network+ certification under your belt, or already possess entry-level knowledge of networking. Cisco Systems offers the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician or CCENT, which will delve much deeper into networking, specifically focused on Cisco’s proprietary hardware and software. To gain the CCENT certification you have to pass the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 or ICND1 exam, which covers everything from installation, operation and troubleshooting of network devices. Some security concepts are covered along with the basics of routing and switching. Cisco outlines the details of the CCENT certification with the following:

The 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the exam associated with the CCENT certification and a tangible first step in achieving the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.0 course. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office network. The exam includes topics on networking fundamentals; connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.

The CCENT certification will be much more in depth than Network+, but is also much more difficult and more involved. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because getting your CCENT and having it on your resume will give you a leg up on the competition, especially if they only have the Network+ cert. It boils down to time and commitment, as with anything you do successfully. For a good book, you can’t go wrong with anything from Cisco Press; however these books have been known to induce narcolepsy. For an easier read and well-written book, go with Todd Lammle’s (like I said, he’s a networking genius) “CCENT Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician Study Guide.”

#5 Microsoft MTA



Microsoft has a detailed certification catalog, with certs for everyone from a newcomer to an architect. As a newcomer to IT, plan on working with Microsoft technologies, whether that includes Windows Server 2008 or 2012, SharePoint or simply Windows 7; you’ll find yourself running into at least one of these technologies, if not all of them. For a newcomer, your best bet is to tackle the Microsoft Technology Associate or MTA certification. This cert will give you the baseline knowledge you need to interact with many of Microsoft’s products. Here’s how Microsoft explains the MTA:

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step toward a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge. MTA is an optional industry-recognized certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design, or software development using Microsoft technologies.

There are several tracks you can take to get your MTA, such as the MTA IT Infrastructure track, which includes the exams “Windows Operating System Fundamentals,” “Windows Server Administration Fundamentals,” “Networking Fundamentals” and “Security Fundamentals.” There are other tracks to consider such as the MTA Database track or the MTA Development track. If that suits your career goals then choose one of those paths, but the majority of newcomers will want to follow the IT Infrastructure track. There’s a solid book by Tom Carpenter titled “Microsoft Windows Operating System Essentials” that will cover the exam by the same name in the IT Infrastructure track. Read more about the MTA certification here.


Now off to the races

Now that you have a good idea of what to look for in entry-level certifications, choose a path and get to it. You don’t have to get all five of these certifications at once. According to Edward Haletky, one of the most influential and respected voices in the security field:

If they are new to IT, with no college, it’s best to get some community college classes or something under your belt, this is a game where you have to always learn. Certifications are something you build up to.

I agree with Edward to an extent. Classes are good to take and can help build your base knowledge since they usually last a semester or so. That being said, certifications are a good way to validate what you’ve learned in the classroom. IT is, and always will be, a constantly changing career field, and as a newcomer, IT certifications are the place to start. So, grab your book and dig in. That certification is just around the corner.







Most in demand jobs



The Medical field, Computer software, and Management is where the high paying in demand jobs are



Susan Adams

2/17/2015 @ 8:00AM |225,496 views

The Highest Paying In-Demand Jobs In America


One job stands out on a new list of the 25 high-paying jobs that are most in demand: Physician, with a base salary of more than $200,000 and nearly 8,000 job openings listed on Glassdoor, a jobs website where users post salary information and company reviews. Physicians make nearly twice as much as any other profession on the list, but they also require the most extensive and expensive training by far, with the cost of a medical degree now approaching $300,000.

The job with the most openings? Software engineer, with a staggering 99,000 listings on Glassdoor. Most software engineers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or math, while some have associate’s degrees. It’s also possible to be a self-taught software engineer or to learn the skills at non-traditional institutions like Codecademy, the Flatiron School or General Assembly.

Glassdoor compiled the list by combing through its database of salaries posted by its users. People can get free access to salary data in exchange for anonymously posting information about their jobs, including working conditions and compensation. To qualify for the list, job titles had to have received at least 75 salary reports by U.S.-based employees over the past year. Of the job titles that met the salary criteria, to be considered for the list the job had to be in the top 50th percentile for number of job openings. Glassdoor gets its job listings from company websites, partnerships with job boards and directly from employers.

The list is dominated by technology jobs, which take 14 of the 25 slots. Several of them are variations on a theme, like software architect, software development manager, solutions architect and computer hardware engineer. Given that almost every kind of company requires some sort of technological backbone, it’s not surprising that tech jobs dominate the list. Many of the listings are for companies that are not automatically associated with technology, like a senior software engineer job at a firm called the Therapeutic Research Center in Stockton, CA, which advises pharmacies on drug therapies, or senior software engineer in the New York City office of The Walt Disney Company.

It’s also no surprise that four of the jobs on the list are in health care, given the tens of millions of people newly covered by Obamacare and the aging Baby Boomer population. Following physician, pharmacy manager is in second place with an average base salary of $131,000 and 1,800 openings. Pharmacists also earn well, with a base salary of $115,000. Glassdoor lists 9,200 openings for that title. To become a pharmacist, you must complete a four-year “PharmD” program. Though it varies by region and school, most programs require a bachelor’s degree with undergraduate coursework in physics, chemistry, biology and calculus, though some programs admit applicants with an associate’s degree or no college degree at all. The greatest number of health care job listings are for physician assistants with an impressive 43,700 jobs. To become a P.A. you need to graduate from a two-year master’s program, which typically consists of a year in the classroom and a year of clinical work.

Among the jobs outside the technology or health care fields: finance manager with a base salary of $124,000 and 9,200 openings. One surprise, given all the reports of the diminishing opportunities in the legal field: lawyer with a base salary of $120,000 and 5,500 openings.

See our slideshow above for the top 10 jobs. Here is the list of the top 25. You can also click through to the list on Glassdoor, which includes links directly to job listings.

1. Physician
Average base salary: $212,000
Number of job openings: 8,000

2. Pharmacy Manager
Average base salary: $131,000
Number of job openings: 1,800

3. Software Architect
Average base salary: $131,000
Number of job openings: 3,200

4. Software Development Manager
Average base salary: $124,000
Number of job openings: 2,200

5. Finance Manager
Average base salary: $124,000
Number of job openings: 9,200

6. Solutions Architect
Average base salary: $122,000
Number of job openings: 3,500

7. Lawyer
Average base salary: $120,000
Number of job openings: 5,500

8. Analytics Manager
Average base salary: $116,000
Number of job openings: 1,400

9. IT Manager
Average base salary: $116,000
Number of job openings: 1,400

10. Tax Manager
Average base salary: $115,000
Number of job openings: 3,600

11. Pharmacist
Average base salary: $115,000
Number of job openings: 9,200

12. Product Manager
Average base salary: $114,000
Number of job openings: 9,900

13. Physician Assistant
Average base salary: $111,000
Number of job openings: 44,700

14. Supply Chain Manager
Average base salary: $107,000
Number of job openings: 1,700

15. Data Scientist
Average base salary: $105,000
Number of job openings: 3,400

16. Security Engineer
Average base salary: $103,000
Number of job openings: 2,100

17. QA Manager
Average base salary: $101,000
Number of job openings: 1,700

18. Computer Hardware Engineer
Average base salary: $101,000
Number of job openings: 1,300

19. Marketing Manager
Average base salary: $100,000
Number of job openings: 14,200

20. Database Administrator
Average base salary: $97,000
Number of job openings: 9,000

21. UX Designer
Average base salary: $97,000
Number of job openings: 2,000

22. Human Resources Manager
Average base salary: $96,000
Number of job openings: 7,200

23. Software Engineer
Average base salary: $96,000
Number of job openings: 99,100

24. Business Development Manager
Average base salary: $95,000
Number of job openings: 11,000

25. Sales Engineer
Average base salary: $91,000
Number of job openings: 5,500

Cities with the Best Salaries in the World

1. Zurich, Switzerland

Average Salary 6,950.74/$83,408.88                   (Range 5,203.82 -9,757.16)

One bedroom outside downtown   1,615.35/$19,384.20               (Range 1,300.95-2,168.26)

2. Geneva, Switzerland

Average Salary  $6,723.87/ $80,686.44           ($5,203.82- $9,215.09)

One bedroom outside downtown    $1,523.80/ $18,285.60         ($1,084.13-$1,951.43)

3. Hamilton, Bermuda

Average Salary   $5,500.00/$66,000          (Range $3,500.00-$10,000.00)

One bedroom outside downtown         $1,741.67/$20,900.04       (Range $1,500.00-$2,000.00)

4. Washington, D.C, United States (Highest paying city in America)

Average Salary  $3,973.30 $47,676           (Range $3,000.00-$4,720.39)

One bedroom outside downtown    $1,460.00 /$17,520        (Range $1,300.00 -$1,600.00)

5. San Jose, California, United States (Second highest in America)

Average Salary $3,837.60/$46,051.20        (Range $2,600.00-$4,576.00)

One bedroom outside downtown       $1,825.00/$21,900        (Range $1,400.00-$2,000.00)

6. Oslo, Norway

Average Salary  3,690.06/$44,280.06          (Range 2,822.03-4,489.60)

One bedroom outside downtown   1,071.09/ $12,853.08         (Range 833.78 -1,411.02)

7. Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America (Third highest in America)

Average Salary   3,683.75/ $44,196  (Range $3,000.00-$4,235.00)

One bedroom outside downtown   $800.00/$9,600  (Range $700.00 -$1,000.00)

8 . Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Average Salary  $3,609.55/ $43,309    (Range 2,400.00- 4,375.00)

One bedroom outside downtown  1,513.17/$18,158.04 (Range 1,199.00 -1,800.00)

9. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Average Salary $3,504.32/$42,051.84  (Range  2,326.84-4,847.59)

One bedroom outside downtown 1,284.53/$15,414    (Range 1,008.30 – 1,551.23)

10. San Francisco, California, United States of America

Average Salary   $3,487.03/$41,844.36       ($3,000.00-$4,000.00)

One Bedroom outside downtown   $2,234.38/$26,812.56    ($1,600.00 -$2,800.00)

Man applies for 500 jobs but doesn’t get a single interview

500 applications but not one interview - job-seeker left baffled as to why

After 13 years and 500 applications – one university graduate has not yet had a single interview for a permanent job.

Huw Evans graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 2002 with a degree in geography not knowing he would spend over a decade hunting for a steady position.

While the South Wales native has been employed over this frustrating period, these have only been on short fixed-term contracts.

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The 34-year-old said: ‘Everyone I’ve spoken to – people in business, the job centre, my friends and family, just don’t know why I don’t even get interviews.

‘The sheer fact I have moved three times to work should imply I am eager to work.

‘It’s hard to blame anyone without being able to put my finger on the issue in the first place.’

Not that he has been idle in his spare time either, he has completed three books of poetry and plans to start writing two novels.

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Huw has found himself in employment limbo despite his will to work and respectable academic credentials, he even considered a job a train driver simply due it being advertised.

Speaking of his predicament: ‘My job centre told me ages ago I was caught in a catch-22, saying I was over-qualified for a factory-type job but under-experienced for the kind of job I wanted to do.’

Cabinet minister William Hague was asked about Huw’s case while on an election campaign visit to South Wales and he expressed his sympathy: ‘We are determined to create more opportunities for people like him.

‘This is why the creation of more jobs is important. It doesn’t mean everybody instantly has a job, but it means literally every day more and more people are able to find work, and there are now more job vacancies across the UK as a whole than ever before on record.

‘Those opportunities are there – and I hope he has success in the coming weeks.’

According to the latest government figures, unemployment across Wales has actually dropped in the last three months by 13,000 to just 92,000 people.

Easiest jobs in the World

Everyone needs a job and we are doing it. Some are luckey enough that they have their dream job. Here I mention the 10 easiest job in the world that one can do with ease and comfort. So are you one of the lucky one??

10. Librarian


Just sit on Chair, scan book, issue them and if not in a mood then refused to issue; No issue… I found this job much comfortable. You are surrounded by books but you are not going to face any exam or teacher who can ask you questions on that subject.

9. Food Tester


We all are agree that food is the prime necessities of humans, animals and ghost too (Don’t know what they eat, but they eat!). A person works to feed their tummy. Everyone struggle for food. That is why we are working, I am writing and you are doing your job. So it’s good to be a food inspector, not because there is heavy black income in this field but because of this you will get a chance to taste everything and there is no emergency in this field. According to study a food tester earn from $40,000 to $75,000 per year.

8. Resort Consultant


I love this job. With this job one can enjoy the luxury of everything. You can travel to the world and can do this job. One can earn money while doing this kind of job. So what else you need?? Just pack your bag, go anywhere, join any luxury hotel and enjoy your life.

7. Shop Keeper


In this job, you works for own. You have all the time in the world. One can come and go by his wish. Being a shopkeeper is easiest job in the world. You can open a shop in your near by area, so can cut the fuel cost. The part that I like about this profession is: No horrible bosses

6. Bingo Announcer


You have to do announcements that are it!! You get a chance to engage with audience. This is fun kind of job. You can also create some surprises for getting more attention from public. Make fun with your activities and earn money. Wait, I have one tip for you: Don’t mess or make extreme fun of a guy who has strong muscles.

5. Life Guard at a Baby swimming pool


You can easily guess the ease of this job. You just need to pick 20-30 kg of weight if the little chaps are new swimmers. Sit on the top most chairs and enjoy the playing view of little champs. If you love kids and their activities then you are going to enjoy this job. But there is one disadvantage of this job that you need to be alert.

4. Elevator Operator


Somewhat boring…but here I am writing about the easiest job not the top paying or interesting jobs. So elevator operator scored a position in my list. Guess what, this is the only job that you can handle only with a finger. Up, down, up, down, basement, top and up and down.. That’s it and you will get the salary at the end of day/month.

3. A Doctor’s Secretary


I guess this job is a nice option to you if you are looking for comfort. You need to write down inquiries, make and attend phone calls and schedule appointment. Plus point is that, you will never get boar, chances to get new people, friendly environment and good salary. I guess this is a good option for female job seekers.

2. A Government Job


Let me first clear myself. Here I am not talking about responsible jobs or undercover agents. I am joint pointing paper work jobs. And hope now you are agreeing that this one also offers you a plenty of comfort and flexibility. You will feel relax at this job. I ranked this one at 2nd position in this list. And also looking for this J

1. Online Article Writer


What I say about this job. Simply no boss, work from home or anywhere you want, feel like holidays, handsome income, multiple job etc. Online writing offers all this to you and helps in skill development. You will get a chance to learn new things. Just need good English and impressive way to present your thoughts.

1. How to find a job 2. Get a job 3. And do well at it

1. How to look for a job – Find your fit Entry level or Mid-level If you got your bachelors from an elite school you might have to send out 8 applications to get a response If you didn’t you might have to send out at least 20 – Be very concise about your skills. CV should not be longer than 3 pages – Cover letter should be like a summary of your skills you are going to go over in your interview

Best websites for jobs are


2. Or apply directly through the companys website


2. How to do well on a job interview and get the job – Dress nice, beauty is power – Research the company Be prepared for the most common questions – Ask yourself what the company wants and needs a. Why do you want  this job? b. Why should we hire you? c. Tell us a little bit about yourself? d. What is your greatest strength? Flexibility. d. What is your greatest weakness? Don’t like asking for help e. How long do you want to work for this company? Maybe about 2 years it depends how things go. Why was there a gap in your employment between ?  (Note not having worked for more than 6 months is a red flag for most employers—— Tell me how you handled a difficult situation. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer? What questions do you have for me? Questions you can ask a. What is the culture of the company


Things that impress the interviewer 1. Your research about the company 2. Bringing new ideas 3. Good follow up questions like 4. Negotiating Salary – Give set price 1. Based on things you could do for this company. Talk about money, when they offer you the job – Best skill, flexibility – Any questions Say if you are a teacher, you might have to give a demonstration of how you would teach the class.


Prepare visible things – For example if your were applying for a job as a teacher it would be good to have a portfolio of your whole lesson plan for the year, talk about your favorite lesson plans. This puts less doubt in their minds because they know exactly what they can expect.


1. What kind of qualities do you need to succeed in this job?

2. (This is to sniff out racial discrimination) and all these qualities are based on merit. Right?

3. How to be a good worker – Come on time everyday – Dress Nice everyday – Have a relationship with the boss, he or  is the most important person and don’t you forget it. – Be type of person the boss can go to in time of trouble.

Stop thinking about your old job and adapt to your new job

What to do when asked for a picture to see your race.

If you are asking for my picture for the purpose of practicing racial discrimination so be it. But here is my skills and my skills


4. How long should you work at your job. Anyjob you’ve had for less than 8 months is a red flag. Don’t even put you’ve worked less than 8 months on your resume. Ideal job span is  a minmum of 18 months or

Ideally, you should try to make a job span, at the minimum, 15 months spanning three calendar years (e.g. October 2014 — January 2016) or 18 months spanning two. All else being equal, two years is better than 18 months, and three years is better than two, and four is better than three. The advantage gained each month isn’t enough to merit passing up obviously superior opportunities, but it does mean that you’re best off to avoid movements that don’t have an obvious benefit


Best schools for Masters Degree Based on difference in employment rate between Bachelors and Masters

#10 Philosophy and Religious Studies

#10 Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Experienced College Grad Earnings: $48,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $62,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 7.3%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 4.0%

#9 History

Experienced College Grad Earnings: $55,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $76,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 5.8%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 3.7%

#8 General Engineering

#8 General Engineering

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Experienced College Grad Earnings: $77,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $98,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 4.8%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 2.3%

#7 Area Ethnic and Civilization Studies

#7 Area Ethnic and Civilization Studies

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Experienced College Grad Earnings: $55,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $73,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 7.2%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 3.9%

#6 International Relations

#6 International Relations


Experienced College Grad Earnings: $68,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $95,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 6.8%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 3.7%

#5 Special Needs Education

#5 Special Needs Education

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Experienced College Grad Earnings: $45,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $58,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 4.5%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 1.9%

#4 General Science

Experienced College Grad Earnings: $56,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $83,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 3.9%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 2.3%

#3 Elementary Education

#3 Elementary Education

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Experienced College Grad Earnings: $41,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $55,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 3.7%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 1.4%

#2 Chemistry

#2 Chemistry


Experienced College Grad Earnings: $65,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $99,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 5.6%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 2.4%

#1 Biology

#1 Biology

AP Photo/Oregon Zoo, Michael Durham

Experienced College Grad Earnings: $57,000
Graduate Degree Holder Earnings: $90,000

Experienced College Grad Unemployment: 5.1%
Graduate Degree Holder Unemployment: 1.7%

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The Power of Dressing Nice

Science Reveals How to Make People Think You Are Successful Within Five Seconds of Meeting Them
Max Chang – Feb 26, 2015

“You shouldn’t judge a BOOK by it’s cover” — we’ve all heard it, we all do it. We shouldn’t, but it’s practically instinctual.

Of course, life and business are simpler when you boil it down to statistics — most people will make a ton of assumptions about you within the first five seconds of meeting you in regard to your attractiveness, potential for success, personality, etc. When you bring business into the mix, first impressions of new colleagues and connections can be crucial. So within those first five seconds of meeting someone, how do you give off an aura of success?

The answer is simple — look the part. Of course, that all stops as soon as you open your mouth to speak, so you’ll at least have to sound smart as well.

It might sound obvious, but a 2011 Canadian study involving 87 university students found that professionally dressed men came off as more successful and were expected to MAKE MORE MONEY. The sloppily dressed men were expected to be made fun of at work.

A more recent 2013 Turkish study closed in on what exactly a man should wear to come off as more successful, and the answer is not surprising.

“The man was rated more positively on all attributes APARTfrom trustworthiness when pictured in the bespoke suit … On the evidence of this study it appears men may be advised to purchase clothing that is well‐tailored, as it can positively enhance the image they communicate to others.”
So in a manner of speaking, success, or at least the look of success, can be bought at your local tailor. Additionally, a 1990 study found that women who dress more masculine, even though some might consider it sexist, and wear outfits and suits with straight silhouettes, angular lines and darker colors, are more hireable.

So the lesson here is if you want to come off as successful in those first five seconds of meeting someone, whether you are a man or woman, wear a suit. Look nice. Comb your hair, trim your nails and shave if you have to. That Zuckerberg jeans-and-hoodie look only works after you are a billionaire. Don’t try to look hot or sexy either, as that actually lowers other people’s perception of your power and success.

Holding a glass of Scotch while wearing a suit will either give you a ton more swagger and/or make you look like an alcoholic — the gamble is yours to make.

h/t: Business Insider

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