We have four college graduates — all with advanced degrees and all working in their chosen fields. But that’s not the case for every family. I heard John Tesh talking this up over the weekend, and he pointed to research that college degrees aren’t a neccessity.
According to an article in Forbes magazine – click here for the article – jobs of the future may not require a college degree. Forbes quoted the projected fastest-growing careers from 2010 to 2020 from the article, “Occupational Employment Projections to 2020,” published in the January 2012 Monthly Labor Review.
Certificate programs that result in jobs like diagnostic medical sonographer ($64,380 per year), do not require a 4-year degree.
Before we push kids into college, we need to evaluate their skills and help them look for careers that fit their skills and the job market of the future.
The college experience has been wonderful for our kids, but it’s not for everyone. Neither is the debt. Help your kids explore career opportunities. There’s so much more out there for kids other than college. It’s great to see the salaries.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. Four kids are college graduates, one is a senior in college and one is an EMT.