Two real life examples that I personally encountered: I owned a construction company that erected large metal buildings, mostly for industrial use. One day as I was ordering a new building from my supplier we had some wait time and as we chatted he said that he had a chemist degree. I was surprised and asked him what he was doing selling metal buildings. His answer was, I have two daughters that want to go to college and my wife and I did not make enough money to provide a college education for my girls. He stated once you are a chemists that is about as far as you can go up the ladder and will probably make the same amount of money as the other guys. His decision was to quit the chemistry gig and sell metal buildings. According to him he loved his job as a salesman and was now making enough money to support his family. I was in the office of an apartment building I owned and a lady came in with an application, the manager was out on property so I took the application and looked it over briefly and saw that she worked as a nanny and a part time photographer's assistant. Her income did not qualify her for the small apartment she was trying to rent. When faced with the fact she did not qualify she told me that she was graduating from Oklahoma University in a week as an artist. I asked her about her job chances upon graduation. She told me she had no offers and would continue in her current part time jobs and her parents would help her pay the rent. She also had a $40,000 student loan. What I asked her why she chose art as a degree, she said, my parents told me to choose something that I liked, which for me was art. I agree with nearly everything The Dude and Wrye have commented on. By the way, I don't have a college degree either. We are home schooling our 8 year old son and when he is being taught roman numerals for example I simply tell him he needs to know it to pass this grade but unless he was to become a bookie, (super bowl) he would not need to know roman numerals. Many of the subjects are presented by academics that have little or no real world experience.