Launch My Career
Author(s): American Institutes for Research, Gallup Inc., and USA Funds
Organizational Author(s): The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Launch My Career is an interactive web tool (currently for Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas) that provides students with information about the return on investment in a certificate or degree from public postsecondary schools, including technical schools and community colleges.
Launch My Career measures college value to help students and their families, policymakers, and postsecondary institutions make more informed decisions about the training and skills that provide the greatest value to students and their communities.The Launch My Career tool provides degree-seeking individuals access to data that:
- Identifies “hot jobs” in demand across the state and in particular regions, as well as the degree or certificate programs that will prepare students for those roles
- Compares projected future earnings to the investment required to graduate from a particular school and program
- Analyzes the earnings potential of many career options
- Helps students understand the personal and professional satisfaction that accompanies different careers and courses of study
Other features of the tool include a lifestyle goal calculator, showing the number of years it will take for the salary from a particular occupation to meet a user’s lifestyle goals, and a break-even calculator, which shows the number of years it will take after completing a particular degree program for earnings to exceed the total net price of the program.