Why 81% Of Tech Employers Still Require College Degrees

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81% of tech employers still require a college degree, though 79% said they would be fine with only enough work experience.

47% of tech employers admitted that skills training credentials are most important when considering a candidate for an entry-level job, while only 27% agreed that a college degree has an impact.

According to the study published by Cengage Group, “many employers still require a four-year degree because they have not updated or innovated how they screen talent and evaluate their potential.”

On why a degree is important, 40% of employers believe that applicants with a college degree are better equipped for the role. Three in five employers (62%) require a degree for all entry-level positions.

“Tradition” is also responsible for the requirements for a college degree, with 16% of employers saying they needed a college degree for entry-level positions because “it has always been this way.”

The Cengage study also found that two in three (66%) companies struggling to find talent believe that “removing degree requirements for open roles would help them find qualified talent to narrow staffing gap.”

Among employers who do not require a college degree for entry-level positions, one in 10 said they did so to broaden their talent pool to address critical labor shortages.

The sources for this piece include an article in ZDNet.

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