Generally the point of completing your education is to increase your chances of gainful employment. So it depends on the opinion of the person doing the hiring, as to whether a regular high school diploma or GED makes any difference. To some employers a GED indicates a troubled past, why go the GED route when you can get a diploma? To others, a GED indicates a troubled past was overcome, you cared enough to get your GED. russianrespect offers good advice, a regular diploma doesn't wave any red flags to those doing the hiring, not completing high school or a GED might.