GUEST APPEARANCE: New report raises important points for young people today | Canandaigua

In general, the more a person is educated, the higher their income. Years of data collection by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms this.

However, what is generally true is never always true.

Data from the State University of New York shows that some Finger Lakes Community College graduates earn more after two years of study than others after four years. For example, the median salary of all four-year SUNY graduates three years out of college is $46,253. In contrast, three years after graduating from a two-year degree, the median salary is $60,081 for former FLCC nurses; $46,289 for our mechanical technology graduates; and $48,478 for our Instrumentation and Control Technologies graduates (this program is now called Intelligent Systems Technologies).

FLCC Information Technology graduates have a median salary of $45,665 three years after graduating from an associate degree. One of our current computer science students, Justin Casselman, is already working in the field at Rochester Regional Health and has just received a promotion. It’s great for us to see how much Justin loves his job and how quickly he progresses – even with a few courses to complete to complete his associate degree.

A recently published study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce titled “The College Payoff: More Education Doesn’t Always Mean More Earnings”, clearly indicates that a wide range of factors determine the amount deposited into your bank account on payday. Sixteen percent of high school graduates, 23 percent of college-educated workers, and 28 percent of associate degree holders earn more than half of all workers with a bachelor’s degree.

Students can also apply directly for apprenticeships with electricians, plumbers and other trades and do very well. Of course, we hope that as their business grows or their lives change, these tradespeople consider some FLCC courses in business administration, marketing, and other areas. We also encourage our two-year graduates to consider moving to a four-year school, depending on their interests and aspirations.

More education is often the best bet, not only for your income but also for your quality of life. This means researching types of education and associated costs, demand for certain skills, and starting and median salaries for various careers.

Young people should be encouraged to explore a full range of options from trades to vocational degrees. General truths, backed by data, are a good place to start, but they are not true for everyone.

Dr. Robert Nye is President of Finger Lakes Community College and Stephen Martin is Chairman of the Board. This “guest appearance” was written on behalf of that council.