Research Process Paper

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Research Process Paper

Dawn Spence

University of Phoenix

RES / 341: Research and Evaluation 1

Dr. Michael Thirtle

August 18, 2008



Many individuals seeking to obtain a higher education would like to know if it will benefit them financially in the years to follow. Students choose to attend college or trade schools for many different reasons. One of the greatest reasons for academic pursuits may be an expectation of future financial security and as a result of earning a higher education degree or diploma.

In a continuing endeavor by our learning team, we will determine if the difference in the wages from our sample population of 30 men and women, with various levels of education, in fact, makes a difference of earning potential. This report will compare the monetary value of an education, and the achievement of a high school diploma or college degree, by comparing the relationship between level of education and earnings in 2005.

Average annual earnings are also influenced by work experience, however, for the purpose of this report the focus will remain on educational value.

Current trends in technology have favored a more educated and skilled worker. Because of this, wages among working adults with higher educational success have increased. In the interim, labor unions and the minimum wage jobs have consistently declined, leading to a decrease in the income of less educated workers.

Which leads us to determine" If salary earning or income is related to individual education levels, then will people who further their education have a higher earning success in the workplace."

On average, the 15 data subjects with the lowest annual income earned, approximately $12,732 annually based on a mean of 12 years of schooling or less,