A recent study shows that nearly 50% of the U.S> work force is over qualified (from an education standpoint(for the jobs that they are filling.
Is this a strong argument for the fact that we need for technical skills, educating people with industry and job specific skills in the country.
Are too many people going to college just for the sake of going to college, with no career plans prior to, during or at the conclusion of their college days?
The number of Americans whose highest academic degree was a bachelor's grew 25% to 41 million from 2002 to 2012, statistics released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau show.
The number with associate's degrees increased 31%, while the number of Americans for whom the highest level of education attainment was a master's or doctorate degree grew fastest of all — 45% and 43%, respectively.
Earnings in 2011 averaged $59,415 for people with any earnings ages 25 and older whose highest degree was a bachelor's degree, and $32,493 for people with a high school diploma but no college, the Census data show
And the result
That, he says, helps explain why 15% of taxi drivers in 2010 had bachelor's degrees vs. 1% in 1970.
Among retail sales clerks, 25% had a bachelor's degree in 2010. Less than 5% did in 1970.
"There are going to be an awful lot of disappointed people because a lot of them are going to end up as janitors," Vedder says. In 2010, 5% of janitors, 115,520 workers, had bachelor's degrees, his data show.
Do not get me wrong, these are honest and honorable professions and people are doing honest, hard work to support themselves and their families.
But with more industry focused education, would we not be able to better match people to professions in which they can excel and advance?
"Right now you can look around the world and you can see a lot of high-tech, high-value high-productivity jobs that we are not doing in this country, in part because our country does not have the requisite skills,"