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Posted 1/7/16
Depends what you're willing to do. Some guys I work with without degrees (but they need certifications) be making a lot of $$. And the few of us required to have degrees make a little less than them (which doesn't really make sense). Though I admit their work is more physically exhausting, all our work is equally important to the company (since it's an oil refinery and everyone plays an important role to keep the place running). But still, my point is that you could be making good money without a degree if you're willing to do certain types of work. Though it's hard to get those better paying jobs without any education since you have a larger pool of people to compete with.
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I think my degrees (CS and math) are still quite worth it, though it helps that I love my job as a game programmer, and also use those skills around the house. My brother didn't go to college, picked the certification/self training route.. and has a job at an ISP that he also loves and skills he uses around the house, so this is definitely one of those "your mileage may vary" situations.

I always recommend that people look into scholarships and grants for school, though. There's lots of them out there, and most colleges have folks to help you navigate them, but be sure to do your own research as well. Getting your degree with even a little less student debt (or none at all!) is a great thing when you're starting out.
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Yes. Even many jobs that don't technically NEED a degree are more likely to hire someone with one than someone without, even if all other qualifications are the same. A lot of employers see getting that sheepskin as evidence you have the ability to complete what you start. However, if you do go to college get a degree in something that will allow you to get a job right after college. Don't take a major where you have to get a Masters or Ph. D. to get work. Also, if you take something like music as your major, be sure you get the education minor and the teaching certification so you can get a full time job - not just sing at open mike nights. Try to find part time work related to your field of study while you're in school, that'll give you a boost in experience which will help find full time work when you finish.

I once had a teacher tell me the only guaranteed job that will never disappear is being an undertaker. I'd say he was probably right. People will always die and society will always need someone to deal with the bodies. Although I work in the health care industry and there are always jobs in health care.
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yup
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27 / M / Long Island
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I think it really depends on the person and what they want to do, to put it simply.
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Certifications > College

At least in the IT field.
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The chance of getting a job closely related to your major seems just as bad.


Yah, well that slim chance is better than no chance. I'm planning on joining the military to pay for my college. However, plan to do 20 years in the military before getting out. So, won't be going to a college any time soon.
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