Study: Four-year degree is worth more than ever before

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  • Nosea Forest Grove, OR
    Feb. 15, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    So if degrees are so valued why do have two engineering degrees, close to twenty years experience designing computer chips, close to 30 patents, and yet I have been out of work for two years? Obviously degrees are not worth much if your market is saturated by foreign workers, even in your native country (to say nothing of the off-shored jobs). We are all commodities, or slave labor, in the increasing quest to channel ever more money to the 1% (the 1% being the only constituent in the US that matters apparently).

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Feb. 15, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) is correct when he states unequivocally that college is not for everyone; that trade schools can prepare one for a life-long career, and that passing up trade school opportunities is a mistake for some. Life-long learning is something that we Latter-day Saints have always believed in. President Gordon B. Hinckley urged us to get as much formal education as we possibly can. However, the ability to support a family does not necessarily come from a college degree.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    I think studies like this are mostly a waste. "College degree" is too broad of a variable. College graduates on average make more - so what? The question is what you need to do in your life to make enough for your needs. Sometimes the answer involves going to college, sometimes better results are achieved without it. It is a mistake to expect that a random college degree will magically increase your income - it will only increase your debt. To succeed you need to have a clear plan of what you are going to do to improve your worth in the job market, and you need to take steps daily to execute it - with or without the help of a formal higher education.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    A cynic might note that this is confirmation that our High School graduates are not well prepared any more for even basic jobs.

    But again, "freedom from work" and a comfortable life on the welfare plantation is the new goal for an increasingly large number of Americans, so even going to, let along graduation from high school is viewed as wasted effort.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    I respect the Governor Leavitts and Governor Huntsmans of world who show us a bachelors degree is all anyone needs, the garbage is poured on in graduate school.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    The difference between the haves and the "have nots" is mostly about choices. Not all choices of the haves are good and not all choices of the have nots are bad. Nevertheless it is mostly due to choices.