More Hiring Managers Insist On Degrees For Low-Skilled Jobs

Job opportunities for workers without college degrees are dwindling faster than ever.

A recent survey by online job site CareerBuilder finds that half of all hiring managers insist applicants have a two- or four-year college degree. A third of those surveyed say they are hiring more two-year degree graduates for fields that traditionally only required a high school diploma.

The trend applies to low-skilled jobs as well high-skilled ones. Diana Stiles is a career counselor at Alvin Community College in Brazoria County.

“Even some of the fast food restaurants will not hire anybody without having a high school diploma or GED. That kind of raised the bar right there.”

In the past, companies needing low-skilled workers were willing to train their employees on the job. Stiles says far fewer businesses have able to afford such training since the recession.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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