When are jobs going to start paying more?


 Retail is paying like $15 per hour to run a cash register.

McDonald's pays $15-$20 per hour to flip burgers.

College graduates? You get paid $20 per hour if you are lucky and also pay student loans.

Starbucks is going to be paying baristas $15-$23 per hour.

Did I make the wrong choice...or did I make the wrong choice? I'm diving deep into student loan debt to earn a degree and I am literally making the same wages as someone flipping burgers or making coffee! Don't get me wrong - I like to make coffee. I can make a mean latte, and I am not a bad fry cook either.

When are other businesses that are NON-RETAIL going to pick up this wage increase? How many people are going to walk out the door from their careers and go work at McDonald's to get a pay raise? Do you think this is just temporary or is this really going to be the norm now?


JobAdvisor:


Well that's your problem right there.

Nobody wants to admit it, but colleges have been shitting out IT grads since 2005. Just non-freaking-stop. Little dinky colleges who were mostly set up for business or civic degrees bent over backward to create umpteen different IT- and CS-related degrees.

Why do you think basically every single predatory for-profit school between the late '00s and mid 10's was an IT school?

And most of today's IT grads are just stupid. They work 60-hour workweeks, make themselves available 24-7, get 4 hours of sleep a day, have no family life, accept fewer benefits, and take lower wages because unless you're getting into a security position with a good company or a management position, you're just a rat hoping to outrun all the other rats to the next available open job.

I don’t know what your degree in IT is but a few years back, I was fresh out of college with an AAS in programming. I got a job writing automation test scripts making $22 per hour. Moved around and up to $25 an hour. Was super lazy about looking around but in this job market, I started looking and had people busting down my door with offers. Brought it to my bosses attention that I’m way underpaid for my title and he gave me a raise to $31/hr and I’m still underpaid technically for my title and I could leave but I’m comfortable at the moment and it gives me time to brush up and learn some additional skills so the next time when I do switch jobs, I’m going to be targeting at least $45 an hour annually.

In the short term, does college sound like a bad deal because you could be making a little less without a degree? Sure, but there is literally no future growth unless you’re lucky.

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