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At least over here, studying STEM isn't a guarantee that you'll be able to make a career out of your degree, much less a lucrative one. Tech gets you a job, but medical or physical sciences, and math, from the stories I hear involve fighting over scraps. I could elaborate and repeat the horror stories related to me by people around me but I won't for now.

By STEM I meant Tech/Medical sciences. Unemployment rate in these areas is virtually zero in my country.

As an anecdote, on average, a masonry assistant(!) earns more than an architect (buildings, not IT) where I live.

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