Jobs Requiring “Some” College Education to Outpace Qualified Candidates in 2018

Jobs Requiring “Some” College Education to Outpace Qualified Candidates in 2018

We’re all aware that a college education has become increasingly more important over the last couple decades. Especially in these tight economic times. A lot of us think it’s the big four-year bachelor’s degrees that bring in the high-paying jobs. But that might not be the case. Regardless, if you are without a degree of some sort, it’s likely finding a good job is going to become more difficult over the next few years.

The New York Times reported that by 2018 the number of jobs requiring at least a two-year associate’s degree will outpace the number of people qualified to fill those positions. According to the article, whereas 75 percent of middle class workers in 1970 hadn’t gone beyond high school that number had dropped to below 40 percent in 2007. According to the report by the the Center on Education and the Workforce, from 1973 to 2008 the percentage of jobs that required post-secondary education grew from 28 percent to 59 percent. Degrees from trade schools and community colleges may prove to be just as valuable as four-year degrees.

What’s the message here? Go to college! Seriously, community college, a four-year school, something. You’re only hurting your future if you don’t. Plus, take it from me, it’s a great life experience. Not only will you come out on the other side with a degree, but you’ll make lifelong friends, discover untapped passions, go to sporting events, parties and live in dorms!

If you need another incentive, check out how much more money you could make as a college graduate.