Help Wanted, Degree Not Required

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Americans looking to land a first job or break into a dream career face their best odds of success in years.

Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to speed up hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates, according to the Wall Street Journal. Many companies added requirements to job postings after the recession, when millions were out of work and human-resources departments were stacked with résumés.

Across incomes and industries, the lower bar to getting hired is helping self-taught programmers attain software engineering roles, and improving the odds for high-school graduates who aspire to be managers. In the first half of 2018, the share of job postings requesting a college degree fell to 30% from 32% in 2017, according to an analysis by labor-market research firm Burning Glass Technologies.

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