Colorado universities aren’t happy about a new web site, launchmycareercolorado.org, which helps potential students estimate the return of investment on college based on their major, school and degree.
For example, a dental hygienist with a two-year degree can expect to earn considerably more than a sociologist with a four-year degree.
The site includes survey of graduates’ satisfaction with their jobs (often low) and with their lives (typically quite high).
A graph shows graduates’ earnings vs. a high school graduate with no college credential. Some college grads take many years to equal and then surpass the earnings of less-educated workers.
“There are many degrees that don’t have a return on investment, and you should know before you go,” said Mark Schneider president of College Measures, which helped launch the site.