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College Degree Needed?

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On September 10, 2013 (EST)

College Degree Needed?

A new Gallup poll found that two-fifths of workers with a Bachelor’s degree-only don't believe that their job requires a Bachelor’s or more advanced degree, and 37 percent of those earning $75,000 or more annually concurred. Even 33 percent of the executive/managerial/professional respondents agreed. Conversely, 17 percent of those who had never been to college believed that their jobs required a Bachelor’s degree or more education.

See Majority of U.S. Workers Say Job Doesn't Require a Degree.

Gallup posed the following question to just over 1,000 working adults in August: “Does the type of work you do generally require a bachelor’s degree from a college or university or some other advanced academic degree?” The same question was asked in 2005 and 2002, with overall responses the same in 2005 and 2013. Gallup acknowledges that respondents may have been confused as to whether the question referred to the skills necessary to perform the work, or their employer’s educational attainment requirements for the job.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

For a related recent study, see College Grads’ Job Mismatches.

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