My wife, Registered Dental Hygienist, has secure work. It doesn't pay in the top nor even in the middle of her field but she likes it...most times. Now she's looking at working for the state of N.Y., in a prison setting.
Now I know about the state welfare that she's looking at..and she knows it too, however she'd like to retire someday and travel.
In looking around for new positions it's become apparent that any new hires in the future had better have their Bachelor's Degree. $40,000 f'n dollars that she actually considered!!
When I asked if she thought she could get a pay raise to come out at least even she said "no". It's a no-starter issue now.
It really pisses me off that the whole bunch of idiots, from teachers to employers, are asking for these degrees. It's like, "I had to pay dearly for my....(I hesitate to use the word education here)....so you should have to be in debt for 20 or so years as well if you'd like a job here."
I'm glad I never went to school I guess. What I have I earned the hard way and enjoy all of it, even if it's only tools that I use daily.