Moving the goalposts: how demand for a bachelor's degree is reshaping the workforce


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Burning Glass Technologies (Firm) (U.S.)


This analysis of shifting workforce credential requirements finds a broad range of occupations where employers are seeking a bachelor's degree for jobs that formerly required less education, even when the actual skills required haven't changed or when this makes the position harder to fill. This phenomenon of 'upcredentialing', where employers seek college graduates for positions that used to require a high school diploma or other sub-baccalaureate training, has been much discussed but rarely quantified. The authors compared the education levels of workers currently employed in an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Qualifications; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Employers; Recruitment; Educational level; Employees; Occupation; Education work relationship

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Boston, Massachusetts: Burning Glass Technologies, 2014

Physical description: [26] p.

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Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 117.1400

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