The job posting says “bachelor degree required” I say why? New research asks the same question. There are many jobs out there that do not require a college degree, but the perception is they do. It’s unfair.
The idea that a person with a degree is somehow more qualified, more skilled, motivated, productive or creative is a myth. Certainly there is value in higher education. But that value is highly dependent on the individual, it’s not a blanket skill increaser nor does it automatically create a better worker.
“As many as 30 million American workers without four-year college degrees have the skills to realistically move into new jobs that pay on average 70 percent more than their current ones. That estimate comes from a collaboration of academic, nonprofit and corporate researchers who mined data on occupations and skills.
The findings point to the potential of upward mobility for millions of Americans, who might be able to climb from low-wage jobs to middle-income occupations or higher.
But the research also shows the challenge that the workers face: They currently experience less income mobility than those holding a college degree, which is routinely regarded as a measure of skills. That widely shared assumption, the researchers say, is deeply flawed.”Up to 30 Million in U.S. Have the Skills to Earn 70% More, Researchers Say