As the world’s biggest job creator, America’s education sector has grown to more than $1 trillion, and the job market remains tight.
Many people, including some with degrees, are now seeking to expand their skills and knowledge.
But what if you have to pay for that degree?
Is it worth it?
For many, it’s not.
The education job market has been in flux since the 2008 recession, as colleges and universities struggled to attract students with the skills needed to fill jobs, and demand fell as job-hunting efforts dried up.
At the same time, colleges and their graduate students have been trying to increase their share of the jobs market, particularly in the healthcare, manufacturing and other services sectors.
But many are questioning whether a degree is worth the extra expense.
“I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve felt like I could afford it, even with a degree,” said Michael Gannon, a 24-year-old computer engineer in Pittsburgh.
“It’s a big investment.”
Some experts, including economist Robert Putnam, believe that a degree alone doesn’t pay for itself, especially if you consider that graduates who start out with a job have a harder time finding a new one.
They say the cost of college, which varies by state, can be an impediment for many who want to start a new career, or for those who are simply looking to save money.
The job market for education professionals remains tight, and that includes the industry itself, according to the National Education Association.
In April, the group’s survey found that employers added just over 11,000 jobs in education in 2015, the lowest level since 2000.
The number of Americans who hold a bachelor’s degree fell to a record low in 2016, at a time when the economy has been recovering.
For many, though, that doesn’t mean that they are choosing a degree because of the job prospects it offers.
Many in the education industry have argued that a bachelor of science degree is still worth paying for, and many are considering applying for higher-paying, postgraduate work as well.
Many say that a college education will give you a leg up when it comes to career advancement, but some say the job opportunities for a postgraduate degree don’t outweigh the costs of paying for it.
“It’s important to keep in mind that a postgrad degree is a relatively low-level degree and is not going to provide much of an edge,” said Paul Smith, the CEO of a non-profit education provider, the College Prep Group.
He also said that he has heard from students who have chosen not to pay their student loans because they were too busy in their professional lives to consider a degree.
“A lot of people would say that it’s better to be a student and work at home, and go to school for a year and then have a degree for a career,” Smith said.
But there are a number of people who are trying to figure out whether they should have the money to pay off their degree in a meaningful way.
“I think if you’re just going to go in thinking that the money is going to pay it off, it probably isn’t going to,” said Daniel Stowe, an associate professor of finance at George Washington University.
“You have to be willing to put a little bit of time into it.”
The College Prep Institute, which works with students and graduates in the business, health care, financial services and technology sectors, has a program called Payback, which helps students pay off student loans in a way that isn’t as burdensome as traditional repayment plans.
It’s a flexible option that offers students a loan deferment, a partial repayment, a forbearance and a loan forgiveness program that helps them pay off a balance of debt.
It works out to $5,000 per year for students who choose it.
The average amount for graduates of a typical postgraduate program is about $10,000.
The group offers financial counseling and financial education to help students pay down their loans.
It also offers grants and scholarships to help with costs.
A $1,000 grant from the college is available to students with income of $70,000 or less.
A grant from a $5-million-dollar fund is available for students with a debt of $120,000 and a $10-million grant is available if the student is a first-time borrower.
The College Plan is a $1-million scholarship for students earning $60,000-$75,000 a year who are enrolled in a degree program.
The college offers scholarships to a number other majors, including architecture, engineering, business, computer science, English, social work, psychology and social work.
Students must be graduating in 2019.
The College Plan offers a $3,000 loan deferral, a $25,000 forgiveness of the balance of a student’s loan and an additional $1 million loan forgiveness to students who are graduating in