What's a Bachelor's degree really worth these days?

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  1. Emayordomo profile image70
    Emayordomoposted 10 years ago

    What's a Bachelor's degree really worth these days?

  2. paulynice roldens profile image63
    paulynice roldensposted 10 years ago

    A High School Diploma in the past......Now a days people with bachelor degree are working at fast food restaurant......

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This is so true & has been true for at least 3.5 decades.  When I graduated college 39 years ago, many of my classmates were working as clerks in department stores-even one who graduated summa cum laude!

  3. Cleanclover profile image42
    Cleancloverposted 10 years ago

    Education is of real worth and not degrees. Most schools and universities do not provide it.

    1. paulynice roldens profile image63
      paulynice roldensposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I like your comment my friend..;.

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    SkeetyDposted 10 years ago

    A Bachelor's degree isn't really worth anything nowadays.  Yet strangely enough, many employers still stipulate that you have one to be considered for employment.  Even Master degrees seem to be losing their value.  But education does not necessarily have to be proven a piece of  paper.

    1. KK Trainor profile image60
      KK Trainorposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      But that means that it is worth something; how do you get the job without it if employers want it?

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      SkeetyDposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You are forced to get one to be eligible for employment I guess

  5. S Leretseh profile image60
    S Leretsehposted 10 years ago

    What's a Bachelor's degree really worth these days?

    It's worth quite a lot to a university -- average BS degree cost about 40k.  The ave. student today, using student loans to pay for the degree, will wind up with at least 25k of debt!

    Personally, I am convinced that the gov't (federal, state local), at the insistence of the DEMs (wonder why academians are almost all liberals?),  have artificially inflated the value of a degree by rewarding degree holders with larger paychecks - all paid thru the good ole tax base.  Now that gov't (federal, state, local),  because of a thoroughly raped tax base, can no longer continue to "make work.,"  I think a BS degree is really isn't worth price tag - i.e. not worth going into 25k of debt.

  6. ostikay1234 profile image60
    ostikay1234posted 10 years ago

    To me education these days is just a backbone, but I believe in dreams, because the majority of the the worlds richest entrepreneurs are either a school drop out or did not have a degree. Education does not teach you how to amass wealth but it teaches how you can another person to build wealth. My only advice is that educate yourself so that you can mange your dream better.

  7. AlexK2009 profile image84
    AlexK2009posted 10 years ago

    If you mean what is it worth in terms of extra income compared with someone without a degree, it can be substantial if you land the right job, but an increasing number of graduates here in the UK are unable to land a job using their degree or indeed a job requiring  a degree in any subject.

    If you mean what is is worth in personal development terms I would say a great deal but it is not possible to put a monetary value on that. The same goes for the status it bestows,

    A real degree teaches you how to think critically. This is something not taught at school and something that has recently been banned in Texas Schools. So a degree is worth a great deal in terms of mental liberation.

  8. fatfist profile image77
    fatfistposted 10 years ago

    What's a Bachelor's degree really worth these days?

    Not much. If you wanna make big bucks, have big houses, lots of brand new cars and a very beautiful younger blonde wife, become a Preacher! You don't even have to believe in God.....most of them don't anyway. As if anybody can read your mind..lol

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image77
      Kathryn L Hillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Dear Father Fatfist, would you ever stoop to this?  From your hubs I see you probably could.  Especially if you call yourself Father Fatfist.
      LOL... just playin'.

    2. fatfist profile image77
      fatfistposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wish I did Kathryn. Now I can only give the advice nobody gave me ;-) Cheers!

    3. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You're right on the money here.   If anyone want to make big bucks....FAST, develop a brand, advertise it & people will......FOLLOW!   Hey, if Kim Kardashian can do it, ANYONE CAN!

  9. whonunuwho profile image54
    whonunuwhoposted 10 years ago

    First of all, it's the accomplishment that an individual has made and the proof that they can be successful in their endeavors. It is establishing a positive attitude in your outlook on life. Next, most prospective employers, look upon those who have been successful in completing a college degree, as very employable. It depends upon the field of study as your major and the opportunity for a particular kind of employment opportunity available at the time you apply, as to your salary level and how much you can put into needed job skills. Never give in to completing a degree in college, because it seems that jobs may be hard to find! They are out there, and even though you may have to relocate, jobs are there for you to seek and be hired. Be positive and try hard..you can make the grade!!!

  10. Kathryn L Hill profile image77
    Kathryn L Hillposted 10 years ago

    Today, BA and MA degrees are still tickets to landing jobs and careers...  This scenario still holds true.  In the future, they will not be as necessary because people will trust others' ability to self-educate. Self-education is actually valued today, but it is disguised as, "Oh, he has gone to college."

  11. howlermunkey profile image77
    howlermunkeyposted 10 years ago

    In today's job market, I would say well it probably couldn't hurt, but there are a few factors to consider as well. Area of expertise or study, the specific job one is going for, the school the degree was earned at.
    It is alot easier to find a decent job (that you enjoy) with a degree in your hand, not to mention the experience of the education itself. For me it was priceless.
    Is it worth it? What do you want to do in life? Yes, you can be a super genius and skip right to the front row, or a good salesperson and make a really good living (sales people make the most money). I have friends that did not go to college that have a great life, I also have friends who did not go to college and are struggling.
    It just depends on what you want to be, what you want to do with your life.

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    Old Empresarioposted 10 years ago

    It gives your resume a moment's consideration for a corporate job. The rest is up to you and your experience.

    With nothing more than a BA (majored in history), I have done very well in the business world and made a great deal of money. My degree helped me to understand things.

    There has always been a misconception in our pragmatic United States that a college degree is supposed to be a trade certification. It is nothing of the sort--though some degrees basically are just that. A degree is like a knighthood. It's basically worthless, though it is a paper proclamation that says you are worth something to some people.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A+, in essence, a college degree is what ONE MAKES OF IT!

  13. Kylyssa profile image92
    Kylyssaposted 8 years ago

    It's worth about as much as a high school diploma assuming you have to pay about $40,000 to get a high school diploma.

  14. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago


    It all depends upon many factors & variables.  There are those who are enormously successful with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, the humanities, & the soft sciences.  It all depends upon their attitude, ability to be a self-starter, & being able to sell one self.   Nowadays, one must have a Bachelor's Degree in order to get a foot in the door of many jobs, even some McJobs.   A Bachelor's Degree is presently equivalent to a high school diploma.  A Master's Degree is becoming more of a requirement to get into many professional jobs, especially fast track professional jobs.

    Sadly, many of those with Bachelor's Degrees in the Liberal Arts, the humanities, & the soft sciences will be resigned to work in McJobs. Only a minute percentage will obtain professional jobs with such a Bachelor's Degrees from the start.  Those with Bachelor's Degrees in the STEM subjects i.e. science, technology, engineering,& mathematics will find jobs in their fields easily.  In fact, jobs in those areas oftentimes go begging.   Business & accounting majors will also have no problems obtaining jobs with a Bachelor's Degree. 

    A Bachelor's Degree is worth a lot if one has a major relevant to the current socioeconomic needs.  If one has a degree in a liberal arts, humanities, or soft science subjects, he/she really has to be quite innovative if he/she intends to attain a job commensurate with his/her educational level.  He/she also have to be quite flexible & market himself/herself to attain a highly lucrative career.   A degree is what one makes of it.   Besides the degree, one must have the right attitude, be familiar with the corporate culture, & possess the wherewithal to succeed.  If a person has all the aforementioned components, he/she will be successful in the workplace.


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