Should You Go To College?

Should you still go to college even if you think it isn’t for you? The slow recovery of the job market still has a lot of us students scratching our heads as to whether or not taking out a student loan is worth it. Now, industry figures on blue collar jobs are about to add more confusion into the mix. To put it simply, would you still go to college if you know you can make six figures a year without that degree? As with many things, the answer isn’t always black and white.

Arguments supporting the necessity of college degrees will always be met with skepticism. Just look at the dearth of quality jobs and the real life experiences of college graduates themselves; these will say a lot more about the system than theories ever will. While not everyone who sides with the importance of a college degree is out of touch, there’s no denying either that college degrees are a prerequisite for certain career paths.

Some examples of blue collar workers who can bring home as much as $100,000 a year are police officers, bartenders, contractors, farmers, and oil rig workers. What adds to the demand and therefore, higher wages for such lines of work is the fact that few people want them. It’s simple economics, really, of supply being unable to meet demand, so anyone who feels that their future isn’t in a suit and tie should take courage and save themselves from the trouble of student loans.

In the end, the bright side of this story is not so much the fact that unemployed graduates can shift careers at any time and get their hands dirty in blue collar work. It’s that high school graduates are entering the workforce at a point when less stigma and more open mindedness about blue collar industries are warranted. Not only can this help restore the equilibrium of supply and demand in the labor market but also save the economy as a whole from crashing.