What Does Your Degree Do For You?

If your accounting degree landed you a job as a financial analyst in the Richmond metro area, Virginia, do you know what that gets you? Well, for starters, your entry-level wages are somewhere around $55,000 per year. The average worker earns $83,000 per year and experienced workers earn $111,000 per year. About 45% of all accountants in the Richmond metro area have a bachelor’s degree while 38% have their masters.

Economic Impact: Increased military spending could benefit Virginia's economy

Virginia stands to receive more benefit than any other state in the country under the president’s plan to increase military spending. In President Trump’s address to Congress last week, his plan “calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Defense spending contributes to the Virginia economy in multi-facet ways.

According to a 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report, almost one-half (46%) of recent college graduates were underemployed in 2014. The so-called underemployed workers are employed in an occupation below their level of qualification. For example, a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics who is waiting tables or working at a retail store is considered underemployed.

Help Wanted: Applications Software Developers, Anywhere, USA

Over the past ten years, aside from registered nurses, employment gains for applications software developers have outperformed those for all other highly skilled occupations, adding more than 150,000 workers in the nation over the ten years ending with the third quarter of 2016. More than 775,000 workers were classified as applications software developers in the third quarter of 2016.