Some People Going into the Trades Wonder Why Their Classmates Stick with College

This article notes that while the financial return from a bachelor’s degree is softening, even as the price of tuition and average debt load for college students remain high, high school graduates are so effectively encouraged to get a bachelor’s that high-paid jobs requiring shorter and less expensive training are going unfilled. Updated from 2018, the article features real life examples of skilled trade workers and data and statistics reflecting 2023 economic and workplace conditions. While the article focuses on Washington State, these labor shortages and trends are occurring nationally.

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February, 2023
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