More Hiring Managers Insist On Degrees For Low-Skilled Jobs

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


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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.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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