. . . so he’ll probably want to make it mandatory.
New York City’s billionaire mayor tells students that most of them should avoid a costly degree and instead learn a well-paying trade.
By Aimee Picchi | MSN Money
Mike Bloomberg, the outspoken mayor of New York City and the ultrawealthy founder of the financial data and media company that bears his name, is turning his attention to another of society’s woes: the rising cost of a college education.
Bloomberg, known for his battle against large, sugary sodas, offered some advice to students during his weekly radio show Friday, according to the New York Daily News.
“The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren’t rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class,” Bloomberg said. “Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal.”
Bloomberg, himself a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School, pointed out that plumbers make a good living and don’t have to deal with paying off huge college loans.
More at the link, including statistics on what plumbers can expect to earn.
A plumber I once knew — I haven’t seen him in over 20 years — once told me that the reason he made such good money was that he was willing to stick his hands in other people’s [insert vulgar slang term for solid biological waste.] Well, yeah, I can see why he’d get a premium for that kind of work.
But it’s good advice from Mayor Bloomberg: we will need all sorts of skilled tradesmen, and plumbers and electricians and carpenters will be in demand and make good money. Mr Bloomberg pointed out that you can’t outsource plumbing, and your Editor would add that when you have a plumbing emergency, you have a plumbing emergency, and it’s not something that can be put off for a while: when the water is leaking or the waste line fails, it has to get fixed, and fixed right then.
More, while many plumbers are employees of other companies, the opportunity to go into business for yourself exists. There are license requirements, but it’s not a heavy initial investment business: the tools that a plumber needs to start out can all fit in one van. The same is true of electricians. As you gain experience, you can add more kinds of projects into your repertoire.
It’s a matter of being willing to work, to stick your hands where other people won’t, but it is good, honest work. A plumber can’t be stupid, but most of the things which have to be learned are learned from experience and common sense.