Getting a college education of any kind is extremely expensive. And even with a college degree, it can still be a challenge to get a decent job in today’s competitive market. This leads a lot of people to question whether college is really worth it. So is it worth it? Let’s take a look:
What I’ve Been Told
I remember back when I was attending community college. There were actually a couple of times when I considered just not continuing on to get a Bachelor’s degree. But all of the counselors I spoke to told me that it would be difficult to get any sort of job with only an Associate’s degree, let alone a job in the career I was pursuing. And we hear this all of the time about how it’s really hard to get a good full-time career without some kind of degree after high school.
What Do College Graduates Say?
There’s a number of statistics out there that support the idea that college is worth it. For instance, in 2013, Americans with a four-year college degree earned 98 percent more per hour on average than those without a degree. And at the time, this number was constantly rising. In 2008, the number was 89 percent. In the 1990s, it was 85 percent. And back in the early 1980s, it was 64 percent, according to a 2014 article from the New York Times.
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