Following is a brief overview of colleges and their degree programs including examples of professions that go with each type of degree:

Colleges and Universities (four-year) offer bachelor’s degrees and advanced degrees such as masters and doctorates.

Examples of professions you could pursue with these types of degrees:

  • Bachelor’s – accountant, teacher, or graphic designer
  • Master’s – mental health counselor, physician assistant, or librarian
  • Doctorate – medical doctor, lawyer, or pharmacist

Community Colleges (two-year) offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Many courses will transfer to a four-year college.

Examples of professions you could pursue with these types of degrees:

  • Certificate – construction worker, certified nursing assistant, or welder
  • Diploma – computer repairperson, paralegal, or electrician
  • Associate – heating and cooling systems mechanic, medical records technician, or human services assistant.

Private Career Schools (for-profit) specialize in trades such as technology, business, or cosmetology. Most offer certificates and diplomas; although some offer bachelor’s degrees.

See Exploring Careers for detailed information on career options and the types of degrees they require.