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Why You Need A Bachelor’s Degree To Be A Secretary Today

Student debt is on the rise, young college graduates still face remarkably high unemployment rates, and wages are slow to rise. Despite all that, plenty of commentators (this one included) keep telling you that a college degree is worth it.

And it’s still true that a college degree gives you huge advantages, both in finding work and the wages you’ll get paid for that work.

But if you feel like your diploma isn’t exactly living up to its promise, you’re not crazy. According to a new report from labor market research firm Burning Glass, firms are “up-credentialing”: asking for bachelor’s degrees for jobs that traditionally have not demanded a diploma. Taken with other recent findings about the causes behind weakness in the labor market, this tells a lot about why employers just don’t value a college degree like they used to.