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Employers Are Hiring College Grads Over High School Grads

July 20, 2017 by Karen Grossman |


If you wonder whether you need a college degree, consider this article from GoodCall that says positions previously requiring only a high school diploma are now going to college graduates.

The article cites statistics from a recent CareerBuilder survey:

  • 41 percent of employers are hiring college graduates for jobs high school graduates once filled, up from 37 percent in 2016.

  • 33 percent of employers are hiring more employees with master’s degrees for jobs previously held by workers with four-year degrees, an increase from 27 percent in 2016.

Employers are raising educational requirements because today’s jobs have more specific technical requirements, including jobs once considered “blue collar.” Workers need the skills college degrees provide, including technical, communication, and problem-solving skills to use software, understand technical manuals, and gain specific field knowledge, according to the article.

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