You know why a college degree is important: a college degree can boost your lifetime earnings by 40 percent. Of course, a four-year, bachelor's degree is not on everyone's bucket list. Maybe an associate of arts degree (A.A.) is the way to get started toward a rewarding career. You'll certainly be in good company.
Loving the idea of taking on a leadership role in the health care profession doesn't require spending what seems like a lifetime going to school. You can become a chiropractor – a Doctor of Chiropractic– in a little over three years. Deciding to become a chiropractor leads you into a profession that delivers two advantages: joining the movement toward integrative health care and choosing non-invasive, non-pharmacological approaches to better health.
When you know where you want to go, you look for smart ways to get a head start. If your career plans include anything with the title doctor in it, you're going to need a bachelor's degree before entering an advanced program. And if you know you'd like to become a doctor, why not consider getting the bachelor's degree done in three years instead of four?
Go ahead, congratulate yourself! You've done a very smart thing by starting to explore career areas that will need more highly trained employees in the decades to come. The occupation you have in mind must be one that helps give people a better life, rewards you for your skills, and offers day-to-day job satisfaction.