Well I guess as a bottom-fedder I am not saying don't get your degree, as well I am not saying don't get your license. I am saying surveying is a "do it" profession. It is not a "degree" profession. There are many professions where a degree means you instantly make 80g a year (Mechanical Engineer etc.), surveying simply is not one of them.
Now I don't have my degree, yet, and I am not licensed, yet. I have a 10 year old daughter, I work more than the standard 40 and I am working my way through school. I can guarentee you that I have more surveying experience than most of our life long professionals where I am located. I can also tell you I make more than almost all of the them, mind you as a lowly uneducated licenseless person. I was simply trying to point out that your degree is not the most important thing you have. Knowing what you are doing in this field has more importance than any degree. I do believe most states have only required degrees for less than 30 years.
For example, the last 3 co-ops we had from a local University did not know what a tribrach was. I am sure for most surveyors that is what they look for in an employee (sarcasm off). Having the real world experience in this field is #1! How many times has anyone asked the new guy, with the fresh degree and 2 years of co-oping to lay anything out? Or for that matter, layout new steel mills.
So if the intent of what I wanted to say did not come out as intended, I apologize. If you do not happen to agree with me then so be it. I also am not in any way trying to brag about my work. I will just go back to working at the bottom now, I guess we all know what is thought of a guy that has a ton of experience and does not have his degree yet. I think now that the bar has been set. I am going to let eveyone at work that does not posses either a degree or licenese know that we have to quit and start flipping burgers. Although I am sure the boss will not be happy when all of the contracts us bottom-feeds have scored him stop coming in.
I do apologize again for being a bottom dweller with an opinion.