No, I don't think that getting a higher degree is the only way to get a job in the near future. There are lots of folks working in the trades, so if school isn't your thing then that is another area to look into. In my area there were technical high schools that taught a trade. I don't think there are many of these left, but you could look into those. The other thing that I've always told people is that there will always be a need for plumbers, electricians, welders, etc. Those are great jobs that pay a great wage. Most have unions that look out for the employees as well. If you aren't sure that you want to get a higher degree try a trade first. You can always go onto college later if you find that you want to. You should also check out your local community college. Many times they offer a lot of classes in non-traditional career paths, so that might help you figure out what will work for your future.