You hear these days that attending college may be less important in an age where entrepreneurship trumps credentials. Think of the dot-com billionaires who never finished college! And look at the rising cost of a college education. Maybe you don’t need college. Think again!
Recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics list a number of relatively high-paying professions expected to grow rapidly until 2022. The majority fall into a few general categories:
• Healthcare workers, such as registered nurses, dental hygienists, radiology technicians and healthcare administrators.
• IT workers, including web developers, network managers and database managers.
• Technicians of almost every kind.
• Construction-related workers, including architects, civil engineering technicians, construction managers and estimators.
What do these positions have in common?
They require college degrees, and you can prepare for any of them at a college of technology. New York City College of Technology/CUNY (City Tech) is the largest public college of technology in the Northeast. Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, and at one of the City’s major bus and subway hubs, it is a unique college. More space is devoted to specialized labs than to general purpose classrooms. Students and faculty, the majority with successful careers in their chosen field, work side-by-side in these specialized labs.
Where Will College Take You?
A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that whatever the cost of attending college, it is less than the cost of not attending. The gap between the annual salary of college graduates and non-graduates has grown wider each year since the mid-1980s. In 2013, the national average salary of young workers (ages 25-32) with a four-year college degree was $45,500. That of workers with only a high school diploma was $28,000. And that gap will grow over time. The worker with a college degree will earn over a million dollars more in his or her career than one without.
But salary is only one reason for attending college. The same study says that college graduates get more satisfaction from their employment, and are more likely to afford alternatives to living at home. They have more opportunities for advancement. Going to college launches a career, not just a job.
Can you afford college?
Students at City Tech pay the low CUNY tuition and benefit from a wide range of financial aid programs. More than 85 percent of City Tech students graduate without education debt. In 2014, over 90% of the City Tech graduates who responded to an exit survey had found employment in an area related to their studies within six months of graduation. You may want to take a good look at this excellent career-starter right in your backyard. You can get more information at citytech.cuny.edu .