Now Even File Clerks Need A College Degree


The country's current jobs crisis isn't a crisis for everyone. In February, college graduates had an unemployment rate of just 3.8 percent. But the unemployment rate for Americans over 25 with no college was over twice that, and for those without a high school diploma, a staggering 11.2 percent. Many of the jobs that traditionally didn't require a college degree, like factory work, are vanishing, but college graduates are also increasingly snagging the ones that are left.

In a CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,600 employers nationwide, conducted by Harris Interactive, almost a third of hiring managers said jobs at their companies that were historically held by people without a college education were increasingly going to applicants with degrees. In the financial industry, over half of hiring managers said this was the case, although the phenomenon was pronounced in every industry, from manufacturing to hospitality to retail.