The chart Michael Mandel posted here is indeed, as the author put it, “appalling.” It’s also depressing. As is the first comment posted, from “Brenda”:
Yes, this is appalling on several counts. I have my Masters degree in Education and am having difficulty getting more than $10 per hour. People won’t hire me because I am over-qualified and, I assume, are afraid I might leave employment if I get something that pays more. In the meantime, I owe $60k in educational loans. Why bother with an advanced degree when people in the service industry are able to take home more pay? I would get a waitressing job but my resume reflects higher ed. A friend suggested that I refrain from listing my education. What does that say about ethics and integrity? What are we saying about our collective consciousness toward higher education?
Very good questions all.