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.