If you are a math whiz you might try to solve this problem.
Which choice will lead to the greatest accumulation of life-time income?
A paramedic graduates from a 2 year associates degree program.
Choice A: Paramedic uses all available free time to work over time. This continues for 5 years until the paramedic has a back injury and is forced to leave EMS.
Choice B: Paramedic uses all available free to complete 2 more years of college courses and in 5 years is able to earn a BS degree. Just after graduation the paramedic has a back injury and is forced to leave EMS.
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Updated August 21: During the current economic recession their is job growth for employees with some college education. Their is no job growth and unlikely job recovery for candidates without a college degree.
The above math problem about lifetime earnings has a corresponding equation for lifetime options. Simply put a college degree gives you more lifetime career options.