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There was a time where you could be sure that having a college degree would guarantee success, and access to a comfortable life. Now, however, with the job market not as robust as it once was, and students loans going off the charts, the latest debate is whether or not going to college is even necessary. It’s not hard to find articles about the college graduate who has thousands in student loans, but works for $9 an hour at Starbucks because of a lack of jobs. The impression that is given off, is that college degrees are a waste of time, and you are far better off simply getting a job right out of high school. What we must ask is, is the problem with college degrees overall or certain college majors? Many times the person spoken of in these articles are Liberal Studies majors, and one thing is certain, there are some majors that are far more in demand than others. I mean lets get real here how often do we see companies hiring for Liberal Arts majors or even worse Philosophy, however, you do see a lot of requests for people with Business, I.T. and Health degrees. I for one definitely believe that everyone should at least earn an Associate’s degree, and I believe that one of the markers of an advanced, progressive society is a high number of college graduates. While I do respect the opinions of others and definitely see some valid points against getting a college degree, I think that in the long run it is one of the best investments one can make. Hopefully these two infographics will help to put things into perspective.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.As you can see, there are still many reasons why attaining a college degree is a better option than joining the workforce once you leave highschool. Although those who decide on the latter start earning more earlier on, in the long run those with college degrees earn far more.
What are your thoughts on pursuing a college degree? Is a college degree still worth it? What has been your experience?