Beware the costly liberal arts trap

November 11, 2012

A growing number of young people are confronting a high-debt, low-wage trap that has more college grads working in the food service industry than as engineers ("Students trapped by high debt, low wages," Nov. 9). But how many engineering graduates didn't find jobs?

Students are welcome to take courses in English, literature, history, sociology, ethnic studies, etc, but they should major in math, sciences, technology and health care. Or choose a trade and become welders, electricians, plumbers, mechanics or technicians. Either way, they need to get educated for 21st century jobs.

College is not a four-year lifestyle choice. For many, it is the first really important decision of their adult life. They should choose wisely and then get to work.

Janet Clauson, Crownsville

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