Skip to comments.A Degree of Insignificance (College Degrees getting to be useless nowadays)
Posted on 12/29/2007 4:25:58 PM PST by SeekAndFind
.S. News & World Report, which has made a name for itself by ranking and announcing the best colleges every year, is now ranking and listing the best careers for young people. A comparison of the latest lists shows a shocking disconnect and makes for dispiriting holiday reading.
While the price of a college education has skyrocketed far faster than inflation, many careers for which colleges prepare their graduates are disappearing. U.S. News' Best Careers guide concludes, "college grads might want to consider blue-collar careers" because bachelor's degree holders "are having trouble finding jobs that require college-graduate skills."
Incredibly, U.S. News is telling college graduates to look for jobs that do not require a college diploma. Among the 31 best opportunities for 2008 are the careers of firefighter, hairstylist, cosmetologist, locksmith and security-system technician.
Where did the higher-skill jobs go? Both large and small companies are "quietly increasing off-shoring efforts."
Ten years ago, we were told we really didn't need manufacturing because it can be done more cheaply elsewhere, that auto workers and others should move to information-age jobs. But now the information jobs are moving offshore, too, as well as marketing research and even many varieties of innovation.
The flight overseas includes professional as well as low-wage jobs, with engineering jobs offshored to India and China. Thousands of bright Asian engineers are willing to work for a fraction of U.S. wages, which is why Boeing just signed a 10-year, $1 billion-a-year deal with a government-run company in India.
Society has been telling high school students that college is the ticket to get a life, and politicians are pandering to parents' desire for their children to be better educated and so have a higher standard of living.
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That’s certainly not true in the tech/engineering world.
Corporates get what they want from their universities.
The following are Fortune 500s that filed briefs in favor of “affirmative action” in the Michigan “Grutter v. Bollinger” (Michigan University) case.
E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
Ernst & Young
Johnson & Johnson
Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Proctor & Gamble
General Motors Corporation
Maybe it should state: College degrees are as necessary now as high school degrees once were.
science and engineering will ALWAYS be use full.
A college degree gives you nothing but a “foot in the door.” The rest is up to your own personal initiative.
Yeah, this article (if you can call it that) is a little short on the facts. Chemical Engineering beats Sports Physiology, and it always will.
Yeah, but those are real degrees.
Education, communications, general studies, etc. are just certificates of attendance.
But the student loans the dumb suckers are saddled with are real.
Is the degree from Rose Hulman worth that much more than the degree from Iowa State?
Students with egineering degrees are getting summer COOP jobs and earning $15,000-$20,000 for about 3 1/2 months work.
They are getting 4-5 offers with starting salaries of $55,000 to $60,000.
The implication that the college grads having trouble finding jobs are engineers is really misleading. The ones who have the most trouble are the ones who major in something like “Women’s Studies” or “Multiculturalism”. The only jobs available for those degree holders are teaching in the University system.
There are a lot of useless degrees these days, but engineering degrees (with the possible exception of software engineering) are not among them.
No. RH is a fine school, but it is not really better than a recognized state school.
“When are we going to call a halt to the way globalism is destroying U.S. jobs by foreign currency manipulation, theft of our intellectual property, shipping us poisonous seafood and toys, and unfair trade agreements that allow foreign subsidies (through the so-called Value Added Tax) to massively discriminate against U.S. producers and workers?”
That’s exactly the same way England threw away its empire and its status as a world leader.
Confirm that with daughter about to graduate with MS Mech Eng; one (large) company has been practically begging her to quit school and come to work NOW.
“A Duke University spokesman said that 40 percent of Duke’s engineering graduates cannot get engineering jobs. A Duke University publication suggests that the best prospect for good engineering jobs is for the U.S. government to start another major project like going to the moon.”