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9 Out of 10 New Jobs Need a College Degree

Jul 5th, 2018 | By | Category: Blog

According to the data recently released by the Labor Department in a monthly jobs report, nine out of ten new jobs created in the last year are held by those at least 25 years old. This has been a continuing pattern since the early 1980s, with an increasing number of jobs created for a higher educated American workforce. The rising employment has most greatly benefitted those with a bachelor’s degree, but also saw gains for those with some college education. Those with a high school degree or less saw a decline in employment over the same time period. As the American economy transitions from a focus on industry to a focus on service-oriented positions, the positions require skills that workers receive in college courses that train individuals for work in fast-growing fields. Another recent analysis confirmed these findings, showing that about two thirds of the new jobs created require some college education and about one third requiring a bachelor’s degree. Unlike 20, or even 15 years ago, employers are no longer looking for a college degree as a signal of an employee’s credentials. These employers are requiring more advanced skills and training as a candidate walks in the door, not through on-the-job training.

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