Let's take out the bad economy for the moment and pretend it's not happening. What's the importance of a college degree in your opinion, aside from getting a job in a high end demand area like the medical profession or in the engineering profession? Yes there are jobs that require a college degree like being a teacher, a lawyer, social worker, an accountant, etc. But what's the importance if you get one but don't use it and end up getting jobs that require a high school diploma paying about 10 or 11 dollars an hour? Would it be your fault for not trying to get a better job? I myself, when I graduated in May of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in history, have been doing jobs that only pay 9 or 10 dollars an hour. The economy wasn't a mess in 2005 or in 2006 either. The jobs I've been doing haven't allowed me to use my degree. Even the last job I had before I decided to substitute had another guy who was just hired making more money than me and he was only 20 with a high school diploma, and I had been at that place for a year, had more working experience in that job and other jobs, and had a bachelor's degree. Perhaps I should have learned a trade instead............ So aside from obtaining more knowledge or knowing how to study better or write papers better, what's you opinion of a college education if it doesn't help in the long run?