A four-year college degree no longer carries the weight it once did, and Americans are beginning to notice.
New research suggests that Americans are no longer satisfied with the life that a bachelor's degree has allowed them to live. Even more than that, they're dissatisfied with the student loan debt that comes with it.
In a survey, two-thirds of American employees "regret" their college degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents.
About 27% of respondents listed student loans as their top misgiving.
According to CBS News, this is the breakdown:
"Most satisfied: Those with science, technology, engineering and math majors, who are typically more likely to enjoy higher salaries, reported more satisfaction with their college degrees. About 42% of engineering grads and 35% of computer science grads said they had no regrets.
"Most regrets: Humanities majors, who are least likely to earn higher pay post-graduation, were most likely to regret their college education. About 75% of humanities majors said they regretted their college education. About 73% of graduates who studied social sciences, physical and life sciences, and art also said the same.
In the middle: In between the other two categories were 66% of business graduates, 67% of health sciences graduates and 68% of math graduates who said they regretted their education."
KBTX conducted its own poll from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the front page of the KBTX.com website. The results from 377 respondents are below.
Do you regret your college degree?
Yes - 26%
No - 74%
Spherion Staffing is a local franchise that helps connect Brazos Valley job-seekers with the positions where they can succeed. Katherine Kleemann, the franchise owner, joined First News at Four to discuss the survey results.
"I'm not surprised the numbers look different in Bryan-College Station," said Kleemann. "Networking is one of the ways job seekers can improve their careers, and Texas A&M is great at encouraging that."
Kleemann also highlights workforce training programs, stressing that people without four-year degrees are in high demand in BCS--and often compensated more highly.
For the full conversation, see the video player above.