May 19, 2013

Billionaire Bloomberg urges teens to skip college and become plumbers

Some advice from career counselor Mayor Bloomberg: If you are a so-so high school student, steer clear of college — and learn to clear clogged drains.

Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show Friday that going to trade school to become a plumber is a better economic bet for many teenagers than obtaining an undergraduate degree.
“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,” he said.

“Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal.”
He said plumbers make a good living without having to pay off college loans.
“You don’t spend ... four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income,” he explained.

Another benefit: Plumbers don’t have to worry about their jobs being outsourced or handled by computers. “It’s hard to farm that out ... and it’s hard to automate that,” he said.
The mayor said “a number” of studies conclude that plumbers start their careers with less debt and higher wages than their peers who attend college.

Mark Kantrowitz, an authority on college financial planning, said the mayor is partly right.
With the loss of income for four years, plus student debt, some people who go to college will have less to spend over their lifetime than people who skip school and land well-paying jobs in trades like plumbing and electrical work. “Not everyone has to go to get a college degree to get a good job,” he said.
But, Kantrowitz added, for most people, “college is a good investment.”

By attending a state school or a less prestigious private college, some students can improve their chances of faring better financially over the long haul, he said. “The only schools that cost $40,000 or $50,000 like the mayor said are elite schools,” Kantrowitz said.


  1. This is the first time this POS has ever said anything i agree with.
    either he was on crack, or i have to reconsider my positiin.

    1. Me too... phucc. Let me go on though. Electrician, IT technician, HVAC, RN, Sonogram technician, Auto Diagognostic Tech, etc. Don't be fooled by those who teach because they can't do. Become relevant in your community as a server of the people in a field that can lead to entrepreneurial endeavors as a small to medium busniess owner. These 2 business ownership levels will provide all the challenges ones life could consume. Be true to your happiness at a daily labor of love, apptitude and skill level.

    2. My advice does not rule out POTUS after successful development in the various other fields mentioned besides a Piling it Higher and Deeper douche bag.

  2. Inexpensive online Internet degrees would guarantee a non-dumbed down populace, but Bloomie and friends need a idiots to believe their New World Order garbage.

  3. This is one that I agree with Mayor Bloomberg on.
    We need qualified trades people, not rocket scientists to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.I know a lot of good tradespeople who make a very comfortable living without being strapped with debt for life. Even doctors,lawyers and other high end professionals need a plumber I don't care how wealthy they are the one thing we all have in common is going to the bathroom where everybody drops trousers when on the toilet.

  4. Maybe they can become Traitorous Oath-Breaking PIGS & join his little "personal army", as he likes to call it.

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  5. So screw Bloomberg for telling the truth. America is yesterday's news. China and all is the future. They build computers. America does not. Period.

  6. I'm sure Bloomberg gives his grandkids the same advice, what a POS.

  7. Become Plummers to clean up the poop the polititions leave for the coming generations.