More Education = Over 1 Million Dollars More In Lifetime Earnings
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people obtaining a Master's Degree
earn 2.5 million dollars over their lifetime as compared to 1.1 million
dollars earned by those with only a high school diploma. A chart
summarizing these findings is shown at
http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2002/fall/oochart.pdf.
Also, the data at the
U.S. Census Bureau shows the following annual incomes:
Not a high school graduate $21,332
High school graduate
$27,351
Some college
$31,988
Bachelor degree
$42,877
Advanced degree
$55,242
How Does Amount Of Mathematics Taken Factor In?
A graphic from the
The American Educator, Spring 04 edition shows the relationship
between amount of mathematics taken and success in obtaining a fouryear
degree.
Getting a
fouryear college degree may depend a lot on much math you learn. 

79.8% OF
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO TAKE CALCULUS GET A B.A.



PRE CALCULUS:
74.3% 


TRIGONOMETRY:
62.2% 


ALGEBRA II:
39.5% 



GEOMETRY:
23.1% 


ALGEBRA I:
7.8% 
Percentage of
high school graduates earning a B.A. by highest level math course
taken in high school. 
Although one can not state a direct causeeffect
relationship, there definitely appears to be a trend. Could the more
difficult courses like Calculus serve as a means of teaching the student
how to solve difficult problems in many nonmath courses of study?
