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Broward College Grads Make $28,000 to $62,986 First Year Out of School, Depending on Major

Your momma didn't want her baby to grow up to be a cowboy, an English or a theater major... and based on a recent report, she was right. You should skip college and get a certificate to become a paramedic.  

A report called “Labor Market Experiences After Postsecondary Education,” released December 30, examined how much money people in Florida are earning during their first year out of school. The study was a collaboration between the state and College Measures. 

Among people getting associates' or technical degrees, the lowest earners were those with an A.S. degree in Child Care Provider/Assistant, with salaries being about $25,000. "A graduate with an A.S. degree in Nursing can earn almost twice as much," the report said, "and a graduate who earns an A.S. degree in Emergency Medicine Technology–Paramedic can earn even more."

In Broward, that number was about $64,000. Graduates of these schools averaged only about $2,000 and $4,000 in debt from federal loans, the report says, and have employment placement rates of 68 to 76 percent. (The report doesn't even get into how first responders have been able to retire early, get pensions, and then double-dip or even triple-dip by "retiring" and coming back to work.) 

Among those who pursued bachelor's degrees, median first-year earnings varied from about $23,500 to more than $35,000. People with popular majors of biology, marketing, criminal justice, and psychology earned on the low end, while accounting and education majors fared better. "The median statewide federal loan amount per student was slightly more than $6,000," the report says. 

The study added that "graduates with master’s degrees earned more, often far more, than graduates with only bachelor’s degrees. The median first-year earnings of graduates with master’s degrees in Florida were around $49,000 compared with approximately $34,000 for graduates with bachelor’s degrees." 

The study predicted that there would be strong job growth in the well-paying fields of construction, physical therapy, health care, and sales of financial securities. 

Broward College publicized the results showing that its graduates made higher-than-average salaries: 
The median first-year earnings of associate in arts (A.A.) graduates is $28,000, which is higher than the statewide average of $27,452. For associate in science degree holders (A.S.), 83 percent of Broward College graduates are employed and have median first-year earnings of $46,656, which is higher than the state average of $43,876. In addition, associate in applied science (AAS) in business administration degree holders have the highest first-year earnings in the state, with $40,564 – which is nearly $8,000 more than the state average of $32,116.

For career certificates (non-credit, career-training programs) Broward College graduates rank as the highest earners in Florida, with a first-year average of $54,292 – which is $20,000 more than the state average. Career certifications in law enforcement also rank the highest in the state with graduates making an average of $62,986.

“Through meticulous research of job trends, Broward College is committed to training our students with the skills they need to become valuable contributors in high-demand fields,” said Mildred Coyne, executive director of workforce education, in a statement. “This recognition illustrates the positive impact our programs have on the success of our graduates.” 

(Side note: When we last checked, Broward College President David Armstrong was making $454,900 annually — more than the president of the United States' $400K — while adjunct professors there were making $16,000 teaching a full load of classes.) 

A college spokesperson did not answer a call this morning. 

Read the whole report at 

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