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Can You Be Successful Without a College Degree?

Is a college degree a scam to bilk families out of their hard-earned money and saddle kids with decades of burdensome student loan debt? Many are starting to see it that way, and there are some who are eschewing college altogether in favor of trade schools, certifications, and trades that don’t require a college education. Why? The pay rate for many of these careers is increasing at a time when wages are stagnating for other professions, relative to the debt load taken on to get into them. Many kids today are experiencing a failure to launch thanks to a poor job market, extreme student loan debt, and wage stagnation. What if you could skip all that and still be successful without college?

The fastest growing career paths that don’t require a degree at all include optician, dental assistant, HVAC technician, alternative energy technician, and plumber. If your end goal is to make a livable wage, you could start today as a plumber’s apprentice making an average of $14 an hour and in a year that could go up to the average of $50, and you could eventually make as much as $200,000 a year. Alternatively, you could go to college for 4 years and graduate $30k in the hole and start off barely making enough to cover rent.

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