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Does your job require a college degree?

ABC News U.S. 2013/04/03 02:40:04
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Does Homer Simpson hold a four-year college degree? And is that what qualifies him to run Springfield's nuclear reactor? "The Simpsons" doesn't say. But in the real world you don't need a B.A. to run a nuclear reactor, work as an air traffic controller or registered nurse, manage a construction site or hold down dozens of other good-paying jobs.

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, nuke operators make a median annual wage of just over $75,600. Air traffic controllers do even better--$108,000. For both jobs, applicants need more than just a high school diploma. But "more" does not include a B.A. or B.S. degree.


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  • Surfsrock~RWAC~CFM 2013/04/10 02:39:53
  • Fresh Daisy 2013/04/09 16:22:48
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2013/04/09 16:22:41
  • mblack 2013/04/08 11:49:51
    Yes.
    mblack
    Typically, yes. But relevant years of experience can be substituted for no degree. In the software industry you have billionaire icons like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Steve Jobs which all dropped out of college. They all saw the value of education but the coursework really didn't match their aspirations plus the market was ready for an influx of at home technology.
  • Jackal 2013/04/08 07:48:22
    Yes.
    Jackal
    Game Design
  • mae 2013/04/08 03:37:18
    Yes.
    mae
    +1
    Yes. I'm retired, but my job still has the same requirements.
  • M 2013/04/07 23:04:09
    No.
    M
    +2
    You need one but I couldn't tell you why.
  • KnoxNance 2013/04/07 17:26:13
    Yes.
    KnoxNance
    +3
    Yes and no. It is in the description, but experience is considered and paralegal designation.
  • Bouts2getitpoppinz 2013/04/07 11:39:39
    No.
    Bouts2getitpoppinz
    +2
    it does but it shouldn't. Nothing that I learned in college helped me for my job. However i had to sit in a desk for years and listen to people talk? college is a scam. They make a degree necessary for jobs anybody can do.

    College is made a requirement to get a job because they want students shackled with loan debt. I paid thousands of dollars so my English professor could whine about how he and his wife where on public assistance every class and about how much he hated Obama.

    Then next week he started teaching what foreshadowing meant. I learned that in like 3rd grade. It was in that moment that I realized college was a joke. However i had to do it to increase my chances of making it.
  • Playerazzi 2013/04/07 05:19:39
    Yes.
    Playerazzi
    +2
    Although I will say that a Liberal Arts B.A. is over-rated, a technical or engineering degree is not.

    My job requires a degree in engineering.
  • brichards719 2013/04/07 03:13:04
    I don't have a job.
    brichards719
    +2
    no job should require a college degree. you should get a job based on your ability to do it and your knowledge of the field, degree or not.
  • La 2013/04/06 22:48:17
    Yes.
    La
    +1
    Well, actually, I'm not a lawyer yet, but you can't be a lawyer without a law degree.
  • Mike La 2013/04/07 17:23:18
    Mike
    You could always go into Jailhouse Law. lol
  • Steelshrt 2013/04/06 22:06:13
    No.
    Steelshrt
    +4
    But it does require technical certifications and constant training.
  • wes 2013/04/06 19:56:07
    No.
    wes
    +1
    Just a lot of experience, technical know how/common sense and a good work ethic/attitude. I make about 55k a year, and with good financial sense and planning, have squirrelled enough away to retire when I'm 55 in three years, comfortably, with my wife...
  • thefatguy 2013/04/06 19:43:56
    No.
    thefatguy
    +1
    No, but it helps.
  • Shae 2013/04/06 11:44:23
    Yes.
    Shae
    +1
    I'm a project manager in a telecommunications company. I have a BS in civil engineering.
  • Mike Shae 2013/04/07 17:24:06
    Mike
    +1
    That's BS! lol
  • Shae Mike 2013/04/08 13:32:52
    Shae
    +1
    My tuition payment was BS :)
  • kjx2 2013/04/06 06:30:05
    No.
    kjx2
    +2
    in my line of work you need experience, i can't tell you how many collage grads are completely useless until they get some experience under their belt.

    bottom line, in my opinion, experience trumps a fancy paper every time.

    if it was profitable to have people run ten marathons in a to-to in order to "have a better chance" at employment, then there would be institutions charging and arm and a leg for to-to marathons.
  • Shae kjx2 2013/04/06 11:47:45
    Shae
    +2
    My high school calculus teacher explained it to us like this....
    A high school degree proves you have a basic understanding of how to learn.
    An advanced degree proves you can continue to learn.
    You're job will train you for your profession.
  • Helmholtz Shae 2013/04/06 15:56:41
    Helmholtz
    +2
    Ideally, yea. Climbing up the ranks in a company or moving from a plumbing assistant to a master plummer (or however those guys are classified) with no degree also shows that you can continue to learn. I think that most employers would like to see both at the same time -- proof of one's ability to continue learning by continuing to learn in applied ways in the specific field that the employer's looking to fill.
  • Helmholtz 2013/04/06 05:27:55
    Yes.
    Helmholtz
  • wtw 2013/04/06 04:26:27
    No.
    wtw
    +1
    Yes and no!
  • EDWARD G 2013/04/06 03:51:03
    Yes.
    EDWARD G
    +1
    Though, in all honesty, I think judges are exempt
  • yogiOK 2013/04/06 03:28:44
    Yes.
    yogiOK
    +1
    Yes, all teachers have to be certified, including having a degree.
  • Mike yogiOK 2013/04/07 17:25:12
    Mike
    +1
    Some should also be certified in another way, as well!
  • Mark Twain 2013/04/06 03:01:11
    No.
    Mark Twain
    +4
    No I suck eggs out of ducks,,,Requires only good lungs and willing birds.
  • Mike Mark Twain 2013/04/06 11:13:05
    Mike
    Then, do you fertilize the eggs?
  • Mark Twain Mike 2013/04/07 17:21:01
    Mark Twain
    +1
    Don't you know nutthin dude,,,,you fertilize the bird
  • Mike Mark Twain 2013/04/07 17:28:04
    Mike
    What a fowl subject!
  • ttfndude 2013/04/06 00:38:04
    No.
    ttfndude
    +1
    other than just a couple occupations college degrees are worth less than the paper their printed on..........I work for a bumbling idiot with a HS diploma (barely) and I am college educated.......I should have just went straight to work
  • yogiOK ttfndude 2013/04/06 03:31:21
    yogiOK
    +1
    I am actually starting to agree. I am just about finished with my PhD, and would not do it all over again. If one learns a good craft or trade, it becomes something to build a really good business around. That is the way to go. Flipping houses is also a way to have flexibility on the job, and still make a decent living.
  • bmxschoolbus 2013/04/06 00:33:12
    No.
    bmxschoolbus
    +1
    and jobs should not just use that they should also use experience because a lot of time experience out does degree
  • clasact 2013/04/06 00:19:13
    No.
    clasact
    +1
    But it should
  • DianaXoGirl 2013/04/05 23:40:47
    I don't have a job.
    DianaXoGirl
    +1
    Still in high school
  • James 2013/04/05 23:05:38
    No.
    James
    +1
    I am still getting mine though.
  • Tee Quake 2013/04/05 22:41:49 (edited)
    Yes.
    Tee Quake
    +2
    I'm a bottom scraping mouth piece which costs ten times what it's worth taught by the scum of the earth professors and charged to clients at 1000 x's what it's worth. Doctors are far smarter but once Obama Scan radical left death mills kick in the smart doctors will join corporations and will get medicare doctors living off of medicare and implementing DEATH PANELS. I hope Obama and MO-SHELL get the death panel!!!! bottom feeding lawyers gifs
  • polock 2013/04/05 17:16:50
    No.
    polock
    +1
    didn't when I was working, only management levels did, and that was open to experience levels.
  • TiffanyBelle 2013/04/05 16:24:27
    No.
    TiffanyBelle
    +1
    i'm a musician - NO.

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