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Why College?

A look back at the 70's

TypewriterThe 1970’s vs. today -- Anthony Carnevale, a Research Professor and Director of the Global Institute on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University shares with us a few interesting facts from a recent issue of Change Magazine.

  • In 1973, 28% of prime-age workers had any postsecondary education. Today, 59% have some postsecondary education.
  • In 1973, 38% of office workers had some kind of postsecondary education. Today, 69% of them do.
  • In the 1970’s, less that one-half of all education and health-care jobs required some college. Today, three-quarters do with more than 52% requiring baccalaureate or graduate degrees.
  • In 1973, 63% of technology workers had at least some college; now 86 percent do.
  • In 1973, only 12% of workers in manufacturing had any college. That proportion is now more than 36%.

Whether it's measured in hourly pay or annual salary, college graduates earn more.

Here’s a more in-depth look at why higher education pays.


Federal funds have been allocated for the TRiO Rogue Opportunity Center program. 100% of this project is financed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.