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Ethan Wolff-Mann
Senior Writer
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    Bill H
    Met a 17 year old kid yesterday that plans to follow a relative into iron work after high school. By the time he gets through his apprenticeship he'll be making more than most college graduates with no debt. Tough work, but it pays well and will always be in demand. Smart kid.
  • B
    "According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a four-year degree costs $16,757 from a public institution and $39,011 from a private one, on average. " What year was this study done? 1995? These figures might be OK averages for one year... not for 4.
  • H
    Least valuable: Black Studies and Womens Studies.
  • B
    A degree in African American studies pays 3 cents above Minimum Wage, so there's that.
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    S.A. Alexan
    Your Questions Reveal Your Profession!
    Engineer: How do we build that?
    Accountant: How much it will cost to do that?
    Lawyer: Why are we doing that?
    Liberal Arts Graduates: Would you like fries with that?
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    I know a guy who became a journeyman welder and machinist out of high-school. While the rest of us were living on noodles in college, he was earning $100k+. He paid off his home in his late 20's and retired in his 40's. Still does some contract work now and then, but mostly plays with his hot rods, sail boat, or takes long camping and hunting trips.
  • C
    African American studies and Gender Studies. Bet those are great majors.
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    I have advised a number of people to send their kids to a COMPLETE trade school...learn plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc. There is a program near me that lasts 2 years and basically you build a brand new home and have to do ALL the trades...including brickwork and landscaping. If you complete the course, you get some college credit. You work with a community college and can end up with a 4-year business degree with all that skill under your belt - then start your own business!
  • d
    I'm 55. I have a physics degree. My career included Sales Engineer for electronic manufacturers and semiconductor manufacturers, and as a Product Marketing engineer and Application Field Engineer. My big take away is if you end up in a field that has large economic swings up and down with the economy. If you are the engineer at these companies, you usually have a very deep, but narrow experience range. Put another way, you are valuable to that company - until you are not. Then, unless you can find another company who desires that same skill and experience, you have to start near at a lower valued position in a new company. The one career that did not seem to be limited is Marketing. If you have marketing skills and experience, you are just as valuable at one company as you were at another. Check this out with marketers. Dilbert did a cartoon where Dilbert ends up going to work in marketing. It shows him arriving at heaven with a sign "Two drink minimum." It was so close to true. Marketing had funds for parties every time they launched a product. I never consumed so much alcohol. If I were doing it over again, I would include marketing in my degrees, or at least some classes.
  • m
    Economic success depends on how you apply yourself... living on affirmative action program rewards teaches that success comes when people give it to you... Does not work in the economic world...