Few decisions in American life are as consequential as what to do after high school, given the advantages in job and earnings prospects that come with a college degree. Indeed, the latest Next America survey shows that the desire to land a well-paying job is the No. 1 reason individuals pursue a college education or vocational training after high school. In contrast, Americans who enter the workforce directly are motivated by concerns about college affordability, a reluctance to take out student loans, and the need to help support a family. Yet half of those people who do not pursue further education find that the well-paying jobs they want require education and training they do not have. That helps to explain why, given the opportunity to do it all over again, a majority of those who did not pursue a degree or vocational tranining after high school would do so.