@eatmoredumplings I don't know anyone other than a few specific types of engineers who think the "STEM" market is all that great now. Also, interesting fact I've mentioned here before, even with all the recent growth there are fewer people employed in computer science fields today than before the 2001 bubble burst.
@TheDoctorsCompanion it's a good question. Medicine and law are generally considered "the professions," but technically so is engineering (though you can become a credentialed engineer in a unified 5-year program). But STEM is usually discussed in the context of "undergraduate degrees that, on their own, will result in a good job."
@sea ermine it's very clear from the list of high-paying jobs I posted. Everyone should just major in CEO Studies and become a CEO.
@aetataureate Nope. My parents did though and that threw my private loan immediately into default. Still have no idea what to do about that guy.
@jquick http://www.bls.gov/ooh/highest-paying.htm I see three STEM occupations on here.
I don't know why everyone is so eager to pay back their loans. I am happy to pay the absolute minimum on mine until they are written off. Could have something to do with the fact that, as of next year, I will be ten years out of undergrad, and my loan balance is higher than when I graduated.
@Eric18 Sigh. I hesitate to engage but I can't help noting that Spain, Portugal, and Italy all charge tuition, and well above the EU average. Universities in Germany, on the other hand, are free; if you see any big problems with their economy, the skills of their workers, or their level of technological advancement and innovation I'd love to hear about it!
@blair you can have them back when you return all my chapsticks
I have way too many pens, so many that my pen cup is close to exploding. I never use any of them and have no idea where they come from.
@Josh Michtom@facebook In much of continental Europe, undergraduate degrees are basically free (or a few hundred euros per year). True, their colleges are not as highly ranked as American ones, but somehow they do maintain a functioning modern society complete with jet aircraft, nuclear power plants, satellites, computers, TV reality shows, fast food, and so forth. Even though they don't have on-campus climbing walls!