For most high school seniors, a college degree is the surest path to a decent job and a stable future. But here in oil country, some teenagers are choosing the oil fields over universities, forgoing higher education for jobs with salaries that can start at $50,000 a year.
It is a lucrative but risky decision for any 18-year-old to make, one that could foreclose on his future if the frenzied pace of oil and gas drilling from here to North Dakota to Texas falters and work dries up. But with unemployment at more than 12 percent nationwide for young adults and college tuition soaring, students here on the snow-glazed plains of eastern Montana said they were ready to take their chances.I have news for that reporter: not every graduating high school student belongs in college, and even some who do might benefit from working for a year or two first, especially if they can put enough into savings that they don't graduate from college with an enormous amount of debt. Now, if nearly everyone getting a bachelor's degree was being offered a decent job, this might be a tragedy -- but that is not the case. It is not even close to being the case.
When you read the comments on the article, you start to see what the real upset is: they are working in the industry that is going to cause hundreds of millions of deaths from global warming!