More Hiring Managers Insist On Degrees For Low-Skilled Jobs

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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.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...