Many people look back fondly on their college years. The mix of lifelong friends, wild parties and thought-provoking classes is so enjoyable, in fact, that some people never want leave, choosing instead to drag out their coursework or go back for advanced degrees. The down economy has bolstered this trend as workers who get laid off from their jobs often choose to go back to school over remaining in the dismal job market.
Despite its appeal, being a permanent student is perhaps the worst paying job on this list because it actually costs money. In 2009, the average cost of tuition, room and board for a four-year degree was $20,154, and in 2010, college seniors graduated with an average of $24,000 in student loan debt [source: NCES, Ellis]. With expenses like these, the job market may soon look much more appealing.