At Yahoo answers many people are asking the question, “Can a high school dropout get a good job?’ The answer, most likely is, no. I’ll show you the proof later in this article.
Dropout of High School? Find a Good Job? Not likely.
Although there are high school dropout success stories, they were very special people. Incredibly talented, incredibly driven. Here are some forces working against today’s high school dropout.
- Historical statistics of poor income. This is mentioned further in this article.
- A weak economy. This is one of the weakest U.S. economies in a generation. We know college attendance is higher because students are “waiting out” the poor job market while staying in college. Some writers believe more people are staying in high school currently because of the poor job market.
- Yourself. Sadly, the many people who dropout of high school aren’t moving towards a goal, they’re avoiding a seemingly difficult task.
“But Justin Bieber dropped out of high school and he’s famous.”
Yes. But you aren’t Justin Bieber, or are you?
Many people search the Internet for famous high school dropout success stories. These people exist, and they are very rare.
Deb Peterson of www.About.com has a nice article on celebrity dropouts who earned a GED, read it and her follow her writings.
|Mary Lou Retton||Yes||Yes|
|Michael J. Fox||Yes||Yes|
High School Graduates make $28 more per work day than high school dropouts.
I base this estimate on a 2002 study entitled the The Big Payoff by the U.S. Census Bureau.
|Dropout||High School Graduate|
|Work Weeks in Year||50||50|
|Income per Week||$378||$518|
|5 Days per Week||5||5|
|Income per Day||$75.60||$103.60|
|Extra per Day||$28|
My article how much is a GED worth has more income statistics on high school dropouts and high school graduates.
If you can, Stay in High School and Graduate
Can a high school dropout get a good job? It’s possible, but not likely. But if you do drop out of high school, study and pass the GED.