US NEWS: Which Vocational Degrees Pay Off?

Career College Central Summary:

  • A four-year college degree isn't for everyone. Especially for students who never liked school. The conventional advice for these folks is to master a technical skill in order to have a career more rewarding than serving fast food. Increasingly, many choose to go back to school and get a vocational certification or a degree. But, is there any evidence that this sort of job training pays off?
  • A new California study concludes that in some fields, especially health care, the answer is yes. In other fields, not so much. The working paper, "Career Technical Education and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from California Community Colleges," was published online by the National Bureau of Economic Research in April 2015.

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