Philosophy Majors Actually Earn More Than Welders

Matthew Yglesias: “Early in the Fox Business debate, Marco Rubio took a strong stand in favor of vocational education. ‘For the life of me I don’t know why we stigmatize vocational education,’ he said. ‘Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders than philosophers.'”

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“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a welder is just over $37,420 a year. As you can see, philosophy majors do considerably better than that. This isn’t to say there’s no strong case for vocational education. But it makes perfect sense for people who are interested in philosophy and can do the work to study it.”

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