Study: More employers require college degrees

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — A new study says an increasing number of employers are requiring a college degree for potential employees.

Samaily Bonilla, a Springfield Technical Community College sophomore, told 22News that’s good news for her. “Yea, I’m happy because of that, especially because you need to be prepared to get a certain job that you want.”

The study reveals that 30 percent of employers are hiring college-educated workers for jobs they used to fill with high school graduates.  And than more than 80 percent of those employers said they are seeing a positive impact to that change.

The study also found that people who have an associates or bachelor’s degree give their employers higher quality work, are more productive at work, and come up with more innovative ideas.

Career placement experts at Springfield Technical Community College said the desire for more college-grads may be because they leave school with a certain skill set.

“The big one is communication skills; being able to read and write and speak well.  But in a addition to that many many employers want social media understanding, technical skills.” Louisa Davis-Freeman, STCC Dean of Admissions, said.

She also told 22News, regardless of your education level, applicants should go into job interviews open-minded to learn a new set of skills.

The study found that more than 30 percent of employees send employees back to school.  Davis-Freeman said to ask potential employers if they have options for higher education reimbursement.

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