Student B graduates high school and heads off to college. They have saved nothing because they thought their Oboe would get them a scholarship but find out the school they want to go to for their chosen degree doesn't really have money for non-majors. So student B gets loans for 70k and manages to work part-time over the years to pay the other 30k. Graduates with a degree in political science with the plan of going to law school but doesn't get in.
Student A has a house, a car, and has earned 190k while student B has no experience and -70k thanks to loans. That's a HUGE difference. Student B goes and gets a job making 50k a year while Student A gets another raise.
At the age of 25 student A has earned 340K with 7 years experience. They are ready to think about opening their own business and having no boss. Student B has earned 150k but still has student loans and can't afford a mortgage because of that payment plus the car note.....
By the age of 30 student B is finally out of debt but just starting on their first home while student A has their own business and is getting ready to use the equity from their first home to buy a bigger home for his growing family.
So yeah, tell me again how bad that plumber has it financially by NOT going to college and taking on debt.....
I enjoyed my career. If I had it to do over again I would have gone a different path. Not because teaching was a bad choice. But because I never really liked working for a boss and would have enjoyed being my own boss.