These are projects posted by the students of Dr. Gove Allen at Brigham Young University. These students have taken one semester-long course on VBA and generally have had no prior programming experience

Monday, April 4, 2016

Comparing Salaries and Cost of Living based on Location and Profession

According to a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute in the year 2015, college graduates still face challenging employment prospects. The study found that 7.2 percent of recent graduates are unemployed, with another 14.9 percent of recent graduates being underemployed. These facts, coupled with an average student loan balance of $35,051 for 2015 graduates, indicate that students need to make wise decisions regarding majors, careers, and living locations.

Upon entering college, students dream of finding a major that matches their passions and hobbies with hopes to make their “mark” on the world. However, in making these choices, many students end up with semi-worthless degrees that do not yield promising career choices. This project is designed to help inform students about their potential salaries and expenses based on various career choices and location preferences.

This tool pulls in salary and cost of living data from reliable government sources. Then, with this information, a student can compare salaries across careers and expenses across cities to find the best options for them. The end product of this program is a PDF document showing a student a summary of their results, a sample budget, and a projected retirement account balance at the end of their working life.

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