A college degree is still NOT needed to make a GOOD living in the United States. I'm a mechanical designer at a mechanical contracting firm. The men in the field that do service and installation (trades: HVAC, pipefitting, controls, electrical) make more money than me!!!!! None have anything beyond high school vocational school and Journeyman / Apprenticeships. They make fantastic money, and I almost regret switching from electrical to drafting in high school.
There is in fact a shortage of people for the major trades in the USA. A high school friend of mine, her son just graduated from high school, and then took a welding course. He's so in demand with her certs (vessel and stainless steel) that he can basically PICK his own assignments! Starting salary: $70,000/ yr. I know of other welders with a few years under their belts making $100,000-$120,000 / yr. I'm 40, but am honestly considering a career change.
Kids today are lazy AF, glued to their phones, and have been sold this illusion that college = high pay, good job. What they really get is a usually some bullshit degree from a liberal arts school that cost $150,000 and isn't worth wiping your ass with. Even the ones I see in my own field (architecture, HVAC, Refrigeration, plumbing) can barely use AutoCAD much less the more advanced REVIT. Dumber than a box of rocks, and arrogant on top of that and like they are owed something for merely showing up for work.
Just me experience.