Five Benefits of GED® Completion for Career Success

Posted on April 02, 2020

Some think earning a high school diploma is the only way they can further their education or climb up the career ladder. That isn’t the case. The General Educational Development (GED®) credential is an often-forgotten route for students to take. Earning a GED credential is much more than a piece of paper. It drives students to work toward their future goals.

Here are five benefits of earning a GED credential.


A GED opens the door to a world of more employment opportunities and gives students more options than before. This credential can be a great steppingstone to jobs with mobility opportunities.


Good news! When someone earns a GED credential, they are more likely to earn promotions compared to those who have not graduated high school. While it does make a difference, remind young people education alone doesn’t determine their salary in the professional world. Earnings are determined by many different factors, but on average, GED® holders make more than those without a GED® credential or high school diploma.

Furthering Education

Sometimes the traditional school model doesn’t work for everyone, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t interested in furthering their education. If you have a student who wants to pursue higher education but isn’t going to receive a high school diploma, a GED credential is a great alternative. It is acknowledged and accepted by nearly all post-secondary training programs.


Education pays off. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more education someone has, the higher their job security is going to be. If hard times fall upon a business, owners generally take skills and education into account.


Self-confidence is a great driver of future goals. Earning a widely recognized credential such as a GED® provides proof to the learner they have what it takes to set and achieve meaningful goals. The sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with achieving a GED® credential can help provide motivation to elevate the learner’s ambition in the workplace.

Help young adults recognize the value of earning a GED® credential to pave the road to career success. To refer an individual, or to find more information, workforce services and career exploration tools, visit Career Launch SD.