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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Fuller

A 4-Year Degree Isn’t Quite the Job Requirement It Used to Be

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In 2017, 51 percent of online job listings required a degree. By 2021, that share had declined to 44 percent, according to data from Emsi Burning Glass.

In his article for The New York Times, Steve Lohr interviews Project Co-Director, Joseph Fuller, and President of The Burning Glass Institute, Matt Sigelman, about this trend.

Lohr writes "In the last few years, major American companies in every industry have pledged to change their hiring habits by opening the door to higher-wage jobs with career paths to people without four-year college degrees... More than 100 companies have made commitments, including the Business Roundtable’s Multiple Pathways program and OneTen, which is focused on hiring and promoting Black workers without college degrees to good jobs."

Read the full article in The New York Times.


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