You don’t have to attend a four-year school if you want to earn a decent salary later on in life. And, just because there is a lot of hype out there about four-year degrees, doesn’t mean you should discount a …
It’s fall and many young people are looking at those college applications and thinking “is college still a good idea?” It’s a relevant question considering the high cost of tuition and the student debt problem in America. It’s also an issue that spurred debate this past spring. Before you decide whether you should take the plunge, take these factors into consideration.
Student loan debt currently tops $1 trillion, and tuition and fees increase every year. In an era of persistent unemployment and declining real value of wages, a prospective student could be forgiven for wondering if it's worth it to go to college at all. Recently, Fusion, a TV and digital network aimed at Millennials, and PayScale examined the question of whether college is still a good investment.
Regardless of what generation we're part of, we all heard the same thing in school when we were growing up: "The jobs of tomorrow don't even exist yet!" What most of our teachers failed to mention is that the majors of tomorrow are probably being invented as well.
It's easy to get bogged down in earning potential and post-graduate employment rates when we talk about choosing schools and courses of study. But if you don't love what you do, even a guaranteed job is a poor predictor of success. So which majors are better bets for folks who want to give back?