Although once con­sid­ered uncon­ven­tional, returning to school as an adult is now en vogue, having become the fastest-​​growing demo­graphic in col­leges across the United States.

From 2000 to 2010, the National Center for Edu­ca­tion Sta­tis­tics reported a stag­gering 42 per­cent increase in col­lege stu­dents age 25 and older, com­pared to the 34 per­cent increase in stu­dents younger than 25. Fig­ures also show that adults ages 30 to 64 are most likely to hold master’s, pro­fes­sional, and doc­toral advanced degrees.

The find­ings are cour­tesy of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, released in an info­graphic exam­ining the trend toward adult col­lege edu­ca­tion in the U.S. Sta­tis­tics also reveal the extent to which attaining an advanced degree pays off: For those holding grad­uate degrees, average earn­ings in 2012 were 35 per­cent higher than those with bachelor’s degrees. As expected, careers in health care and social/​behavioral sci­ences pay the highest, fol­lowed by arts/​humanities and business/​ com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Here’s the com­plete look in Northeastern’s infographic:

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