Not everyone is cut out for a college education. Some high school graduates go on to technical schools. Others, who are good at doing, but not so much when it comes to studying, find their futures on the job.

Not everyone is cut out for a college education.

Some high school graduates go on to technical schools. Others, who are good at doing, but not so much when it comes to studying, find their futures on the job.

“It is attitude over ability every time,” said Terri Fisher, student adviser and licensed social worker, talking about finding and keeping a job. “If you are not college material, there are jobs out there.”

These are good jobs, too, not just minimum-wage careers. Sales occupations are at the top of the list in terms of occupations with the most annual job openings. There is also a growing need for medical assistants.

While a college degree may not be for everyone, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that workers with higher levels of education have more options in the job market.

“From the labor market standpoint, we always recommend people get a higher education,” said Erich Hetzel, labor-marketing analyst for the Office of Workforce Development. “It does not necessarily have to be college, but something beyond high school. It always benefits a person if they have that.”

Median earnings increase with each year of education completed, and make a significant jump when a degree is received. Jobs such as paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators, or pipelayers, both of which pay more than $40,000 a year, only require on-the-job training. Experience or education makes a difference.

“Almost any career you want to aspire to requires some on-the-job training, whether it be long-term short-term or advance training,” said Jae Van-Wey, job development and career specialist at R.G. Drage Career Center. “It may not be a traditional four-year schooling, but a two-year technical training, an apprenticeship program, or a career center, depending on what your career goals are. No matter what you want to be, you are going to have to meet certain criteria.”
 
An individual’s earning potential depends on such factors as education, skills, abilities, opportunities, and choice of career, she said.

“We have students earning close to $12 an hour while they are still in high school. It goes down to minimum wage,” said Van-Wey. “Technical jobs usually pay more than say restaurant jobs.”

Reach Repository writer Denise Sautters at (330) 580-8321 or e-mail denise.sautters@cantonrep.com