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Old 09-17-2017, 09:17 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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i definitely think so.

I only have an associates degree and a couple years ago got an with an amazing company. This year, I should bring in right around $90K-$100K AFTER taxes. I've worked hard, paid dues, blah blah blah but I'm doing well.

Another thing to keep in mind, "It's not always what you know; but who you know".
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:45 AM
 
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Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard....

Tom Cruise is a high school drop out as is Michael J Fox.

Justin Beiber doesn't have any fancy degrees either
Hardly your typical examples.

Bill Gates went on to found a company so his degree didn't play much of a role.

Both Beiber and Cruise were lucky in their own way, but the sad reality is that only a small proportion of people make it big in the entertainment industry.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:34 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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In the age of globalization and automation, the American economy has certainly changed within the past 20-30 years, making individuals with high-skill levels (having a bachelor's degree or higher) more likely to obtain and afford the American dream. While people with just an associates degree (there are some work fields that except this sort of degree more than others, especially in medical and automotive fields), post-high school certification, or have a high school diploma or less, usually have a lesser chance of obtaining the dream the U.S. was once known to have.

We are here to find out, if there are any cities in the U.S., where a person can work one, legal job, while having only a high school diploma or equivalency all the way up-to an associates degree, and still be able to obtain and afford the American dream?
As long as you have marketable skills yes. If you just drift from one minimum wage job to another, no.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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In some areas of the country, I think it is. These are mostly in mid-sized metros in the Midwest where housing is both bery reasonable and there is still a decent amount of middle class jobs.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Yes. It all depends on what you wanna do for a living. My career choice doesn't require an associates degree (though I am still getting one) but it does require skill, training and talent. If your idea of the American Dream means being a doctor, then obviously you need schooling. Being good at the game "Operation" isn't gonna cut it. If you're perfectly happy being a mechanic, and its something you can actually do, then what more do you need?

IMO the American Dream is getting a career in something you love, living comfortably and healthily and.. that's about it. I wanna nice house but I have zero interest in a huge mansion with a 10 car garage and an olympic sized swimming pool. I'm perfectly fine in a nice 2 storey house in a safe and vibrant neighbourhood, making enough money to travel whenever I can, make sure I can provide for my family and being in good health. Some people want more, some are fine with less. But if you're going to forego formal education, you need to replace it with technical skill and experience.
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:12 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Depends on the person in question. Are there other skills or attributes they have?
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:56 PM
 
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Plenty of people went to vocational high school and are doing quite well I'm sure. My cousin didn't go to college, he's and electrician and doing pretty well.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It's possible, if the person has an in-demand skill or vocation. I have a cousin who has an AS, who studied computer networking technology and obtained a lot of certifications and OJT. Making a good 6 figure income now.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:51 PM
 
Location: No Coordinates Found
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Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard....

Tom Cruise is a high school drop out as is Michael J Fox.

Justin Beiber doesn't have any fancy degrees either
Justin Beiber isn't American. He is the US on a special visa.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:58 PM
 
Location: The South
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In the age of globalization and automation, the American economy has certainly changed within the past 20-30 years, making individuals with high-skill levels (having a bachelor's degree or higher) more likely to obtain and afford the American dream. While people with just an associates degree (there are some work fields that except this sort of degree more than others, especially in medical and automotive fields), post-high school certification, or have a high school diploma or less, usually have a lesser chance of obtaining the dream the U.S. was once known to have.

We are here to find out, if there are any cities in the U.S., where a person can work one, legal job, while having only a high school diploma or equivalency all the way up-to an associates degree, and still be able to obtain and afford the American dream?
Sure, but you will have to be willing to get dirty and it seems no one wants do that. Diesel mechanic for example. Everthing you touch is delivered by diesel truck. Plumbing is another, everyone has plumbing in their house.
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