What type of degree (highest) do you have?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What type of degree (highest) do you have?
    Associate- AA, AS, etc. : (8 votes)
    4 %
    Bachelor- BA, BS, etc. : (71 votes)
    32 %
    Master- MA, MS, MBA, etc. : (78 votes)
    35 %
    Doctorate- PhD, EdD, ScD, etc. : (24 votes)
    11 %
    Professional- MD, DO, DPM, JD, DVM, DDS, PharmD, etc. : (31 votes)
    14 %
    Vocational/Certification- RN, LVN, technicians, etc. : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Other not listed : (9 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    1. Dual degree in political science and business management.

    2. Nope – I’ve been working in patent and trademark law since I graduated in 2012!

    3. Yes – I am currently in the process of applying for law school. I’ve been putting it off to get work experience but I’m really ready to be back in school again! I hope to practice corporate law or trademark litigation.


    Post # 3
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    candy11:  I have my B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. I also have a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, which was 6 grad classes and I only did that because a previous employer paid for it. I could finish a masters with those credits, but I likely won’t. I am contemplating pursuing a masters in educational leadership, but only if my current employer pays for part of it. 

    I currently work at a public, charter school as a director that manages a team of 7 staff members. We oversee marketing, student recruiting, administrative processes and family support programming. I use my Spanish skills daily, but I don’t directly use my B.A., but I needed a degree to get my job. The insights and knowledge I learned through my grad certificate is helpful at times. 

    ETA: you may want to add high school diploma as an option.

    Post # 4
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    MSEd in Literacy.  I’m a literacy coach/reading specialist, so I’m definitely employed in my field.  Eventually I’d like to get my PhD in children’s literature, but it may never happen. 

    Post # 5
    209 posts
    Helper bee

    I have two BA Hons degree’s one in Fine Art and Philosphy and the other in Astrobiology.<br><br>Very different I know, I studied my Fine Art to begin with then In my second year I realized I wanted to persue a career in an Astro based Science yet I didnt want to throw away two years of studying Art. So I applied for a scholorship and won! Although I had to juggle my first year of Astrobiology with my final year of Fine art! <br><br>Then I went on to do my MA in Astrobiology and I currently work for the IOA (Institution of Astromony) at cambridge University. I hope to one day do my Phd but I’m only in my twenties so have plenty of time!<br><br>

    Post # 6
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I went other; I have a BSc in Psychology and a PGCE (Postgraduate certificate in education) which qualified me as a teacher. I have just finished my teaching induction year :)<br /><br />My FI is doing a PhD in Cancer Science.

    Post # 7
    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I selected Master even though I still have one more semester until I actually graduate with my degree. Close enough!

    1. MS in Human Resource Management

    2. I currently have an internship in the field, and will be working full-time in the field after I graduate.

    3. Possibly. I’m interested in teaching at the university level at some point in my career, so I might eventually go for my PhD. But I know I want to work in HR for a while first, so I may never decide to go back. If I did, it would likely be in a similar field, like organizational behavior.

    Post # 8
    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

    I have a BSN. Also, on your poll options I do not know where (at least in the US) you can be an RN without at least an ADN. It is not the same as a vocational certification. 

    ETA: Didn’t actually read your post.

    I am not currently employeed in my field. I had been working in it for 12 years and felt a little burnt out. My FI said I could quit until I figured out which direction I wanted to go with my career. I have been working part time in customer service from home for 2 years. I am going back to study to be a CRNA next Jan, after the wedding. 

    Post # 9
    3997 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I have a M.Ed (Master’s in Education). I’m sticking with the basic title, becasue the actual title of the whole degree is ridiculous. My M.Ed. is focused on teaching, curriculum, and something else. Yes, I work as a high school English teacher and am heading into my third year of teaching (whooo!). I do have plans to further my education in the future (once I have my kids and more experience teaching) but I’m not yet sure what direction I’ll go. A Ph.D. sounds awful, so I would either do another Master’s or an Ed. Specialist degree. Teachers spend a lot of time during the school year and during summer doing PD or taking grad classes because it’s how we (at least in my district) top out our pay. So even if I never go for a full on degree again, I will be taking grad classes throughout my career. 

    Post # 10
    552 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    1. What subject/area/field is your degree on? Type and field.

    I have an Associates Degree in Agriculture

    2. Are you working on your field? If employed.

    Yes, I’ve worked in the industry since I graduated 4 years ago.

    3. Do you have aspirations to further your education? Why or why not? Same or different field?

    No. Agriculture is still one of those industries where you don’t need much or really any education to get ahead. You need to be smart, determined, and having an agricultural background really helps. My Dad, who had a high school education, was earning $132,000 when he retired at age 55. If he’d worked 10 more years he easily had the potential to earn much more, and I’ve been told that I have to potential to surpass him by quite a bit, due to inflation and the fact that I am more educated and well rounded. I considered going back to school for my Master’s a few years ago, so that I could become an agronomist, but then when I really looked at the financial aspect it would not have been worth it at all. Not only would I have had to take on debt to put myself through school, but when I finished school and started working again I would be at a lower wage then what I will be at if I just keep working and earning raises and promotions for those years. Since I like what I do and like where my career is going it would really be a step backwards for me.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  luckyshot.
    Post # 11
    2139 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am less than a year away from completeing my Masters in Education, with an emphasis in School Counseling.  It’s a three year program and I’m so ready to be done!

    Since I’m technically not done with my degree I am not working in my field.  I will be interning at a middle school in the fall, and that will hopefully lead to a real counselor position in fall of 2015.  Fingers crossed!

    I do not plan on furthering my education past this point.  I don’t want to do research or teach, so a PhD isn’t really necessary for me.  I have no desire to go back to school after this.

    Post # 12
    2059 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    1. What subject/area/field is your degree on? I have a Master of Science in Education, I teach high school special ed.

    2. Are you working on your field? Yes

    3. Do you have aspirations to further your education? Why or why not? Same or different field? I am currently working on getting my Masters +30 in order to get a big raise, and sometime before children I will complete my SBL (School Building Leader) degree in order to be an Assistant Principal.

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    Post # 13
    1109 posts
    Bumble bee

    1. What subject/area/field is your degree on? Type and field.

    I have a BFA in Graphic Design with honors recognition.

    2. Are you working on your field? If employed.

    Yes! I’m in between jobs right now, but I’ve had a job in design ever since I was a freshman in college. I’m looking for a job if anyone needs a young designer with a huge variety of experience under her belt. 😉

    3. Do you have aspirations to further your education? Why or why not? Same or different field?

    This is something I can’t decide on. I’ve thought about getting an MFA in Graphic Design or Web Design, but I’ve heard it’s not very helpful for your career. I’m seriously considering an MBA in Entrepreneurship or some kind of Master’s degree in Computer Science to help me if I decide to go fully freelance.

    Post # 14
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    1. What subject/area/field is your degree on? 

    I received a BS in biological sciences and then went on get a PharmD.

    2. Are you working on your field? If employed.

    Just passed my 2 years work anniversary. I’m currently working retail at a grocery store chain.

    3. Do you have aspirations to further your education? Why or why not? Same or different 

    I love school. I can’t decide between a MS in public health, MBA, or a certificate in health informatics right now. I love my job right now but would also love to continue learning and expanding my skills. 

    Post # 15
    1678 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    1. What subject/area/field is your degree on? Type and field.

    I have a bachelor’s in elementary education, and a masters in special education. 

    2. Are you working on your field? If employed.

    I will be starting my 5th year as a special ed teacher in August!

    3. Do you have aspirations to further your education? Why or why not? Same or different field?


    I planned to go back to school this fall for an additional endorsement in reading instruction, but I’m hesitant now that we might not be able to afford it even with my district’s assistance (DH is job hunting). I had even considered a doctorate at some point, but probably not. I’ll likely get another masters degree though. <br />

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