As students approach high school graduation, it is time for them to reconsider attending college if they have decided not to continue their educations. Because of the changes that have occurred within all industrial societies, only workers with at least a college education can expect to do well in the marketplace. Two articles written by Jacquelyn Smith for Forbes demonstrate this fact rather convincingly, and I’ll report her findings in this column.
While it is most likely too late to get into a four-year college, it may still be possible to attend community college. After completing most of the general education coursework, students can transfer their credits to a state or private university. Students in Madera are lucky to have the Madera Center located just east of State Route 99 on Avenue 12. Although state universities require nine units (usually three courses) of general education to be taken at their institutions, all of the other general education classes can be taken locally.
In the category of “best jobs,” the professional occupation that has experienced the greatest growth in post-recession America is applications and systems software. Typically, workers in this field have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science and average $90,530 in annual income. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects a 30 percent increase in this field by 2020.
Next come accountants and auditors, who prepare and examine financial records. Employers require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and, according to the BLS, some require certification within a specific field. These professionals earn $61,690 on average and more than 37,000 jobs in the field have been added since 2010...