Forty-one percent of employers are hiring college-educated workers for positions that high school graduates mostly held. What’s more, 33 percent of employers are hiring more workers with master’s degrees for positions primarily held by professionals with bachelor’s degrees. And those ratios are up by 4 percent and 6 percent, respectively, just since last year.
That’s according to a year-end survey conducted by Harris Poll for CareerBuilder of 2,391 U.S. hiring and human resources managers across all industries.
Over the past five years, 38 percent of respondents said they raised their educational requirements. Sixty-one percent said it’s because skills for their positions have evolved, requiring higher educated labor, while 56 percent said the tight job market allows them to hire college grads for these positions.