Can Americans Without a College Degree Solve the Labor Shortage?

Wall Street Journal (02/16/24) Weber, Lauren

Employers are grappling with a persistent labor shortage, prompting a shift in hiring practices to include individuals without college degrees, who represent a significant portion of the U.S. population over 25. Despite efforts by companies like Medtronic, IBM, and Google to eliminate degree requirements, the increase in job opportunities for non-degree holders remains marginal. Factors contributing to this include automated screening tools biased towards college graduates and the entrenched belief among hiring managers in the value of a bachelor’s degree. With demographic challenges such as an aging workforce and declining birthrates, coupled with decreasing college enrollment rates, the urgency to diversify the talent pool has never been greater.

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