Beyond the bachelor's degree: Associate degrees see higher growth rate in the future

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  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 2, 2012 4:33 p.m.


    So are you not professing yourself to be wise beyond those that seek higher degrees? Do you really understand your own reference? My own antidotal experience, since this seems to be the bases for your argument as well, is that those with the least education and knowledge usually speak the loudest and most often. Those that have true knowledge and education know how little they really understand and know about the world outside their own field of study. (i.e. speaking about what an appropriate education level is for lawyers).

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    April 2, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    I have a Bachelors degree and make $10,000 a year and have averaged that now for 7 years; that is all I need as a single person. This was one fantastic article!
    Law schools should be shut down and integrated into under-grad education: would save time and money. (Most law school faculty could then be laid off and become farmers, janitors, or carpenters---and their I.Q. would increase around that same time). To those who go and get 4 or 5 college degrees, why not get 2 or 3 more Ph.d's----why stop at one?? It is craziness. Romans 1:22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools." For example, the idea of gay marriage in our country came from the Ivy League region, from "superior" intellects and other hyber- educated places in our country on both coasts. There is a lot of irony in life.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    April 2, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Great article! I wish I had this choice available when I first started, it would have saved a lot of time, money, and headaches. Given the so many kids in college that are in the "undecided" category, they are wasting their time and money when they should be testing their majors at a community college that is less expensive.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 2, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    We are furtunate here in the United States. It is possible for most people to take a few classes in several subjects to determine if a particular subject is interesting to us. Not so in other countries. Not so, so much at BYU either. In other countries you start a particular bachelors degree and you are expected to finish it. Its like pulling teeth to change majors.

    This obviously benefits the individual. It also benefits the entire society. When you have people who enjoy working in their field of study, they contribute more. An American (for example) Physics graduate is more likely to push the frontier in their field for this very reason. We have a higher perportion of physics graduates who are passionate about their profession.

    One other reason we have a higher perportion of people who are passionate about their chosen subjects is that we don't push people to hard in grades 1 through 12. In other countries there is great pressure to pass the tests that will determine their future. The many long hours every week over the years to prepare for these rigorous tests takes the fun out of learning.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 2, 2012 4:57 a.m.

    Good advice and it should be noted also that experience should have more credibility for employers to consider. Older employees are far more valuable for their knowledge of their company than in their physical abilities as they age. You hire the young to use for their physical strength, not their knowledge or education, they get their knowledge over time. Corporate america today is moving backwards by getting rid of their experience and replace it with ignorance and non producers.

    I don't think most employers or business owners even know what any jobs or past experiences of other jobs can bring to their business and they lose out on an abundant natural resource.