A growing trend is college graduates earning less than people in the trades, according to Georgetown University.
This idea goes against conventional wisdom and lots of google search results.
But if you look through the top Google results for "earning more than a college graduate," the web sites are tied to colleges, or companies selling advertising to colleges.
There's no shortage of people who are success stories without a college degree. But the most recent research is showing that a college degree is not necessary for success.
A report of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University states that 27 percent of people with post-secondary licenses or certificates—credentials short of an associate’s degree—earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.
Pathways to prosperity: Meeting the challenge of preparing young Americans for the 21st century is a report from Harvard University talking about the failure of the "college-for-all" policy, and how that cheats some young people. "We fail these young people not because we are indifferent, but because we have focused too exclusively on a few narrow pathways to success," referring to college.
Other experts agree with that conclusion:
“Employment rates for the nation’s teens and young adults are at post-World War II lows—a true labor market depression. Based on experiences both here and abroad, Pathways to Prosperity points to the need for expanded employment and work-based learning opportunities for young people, closer ties between post-secondary education/training and the workplace, and expanded youth apprenticeships. The need has never been greater, and the report provides a clarion call for action now.”
Andrew Sum, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University.
Conventional wisdom, and google search results, are sure to follow these conclusions. Young people are not one big clump that are exactly the same as the other. As they are different, their needs are different. Not everyone needs to be an accountant. Our economy requires all types of skills. Many of the in-demand skills can be learned while working or through a certificate program.
Paths to success without college means entering the plumber, firefighter, carpenter or other trades. And, yes, math will be needed. But it will be a direct, problem-solving math with direct, visible results.
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