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Why do jobs require you to have a degree?

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Patrick M. Thanks so much for posting this interesting question!

As indicated, not all jobs require a degree...and I think you know that but I open my answer to you in this way because it is important for you to learn what types of jobs do or don't require a degree. From there, I think it would be helpful for you to decide for yourself, what career path you want to build for yourself. In general terms, having a degree does increase your earning potential. For those of us who did not graduate from college being independently wealthy, having that earning potential is a big deal :).

My experience on putting in the work to actually getting my degree was that there were steps in discipline that I gained in college that I A) didn't have in high school and B) were of tremendous help when I started my first job. An individual can learn a lot about how they tackle problems, celebrate success and receive reward for their work while they are in college. An individual can learn a lot about their level of comfort in collaborating and knowledge sharing. There can be a lot of personal growth that an individual gets while facing challenges on what major to chose, how to get that GPA up, senior project completion...I could go on and on. Continue your efforts on discovering what works for you and what doesn't. It will be time well spent.

I wish you great success as you continue to work your plan for yourself. Best of luck to you!

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Matthew’s Answer

It's a cultural thing in a lot of ways. Regulatory in others. If you don't want one, don't get one. There's plenty of jobs that don't require it. Lots of jobs I've looked at accept 8+ years of experience with a company as equivalent to a 4 year degree, so if you'd rather invest that much time climbing up in a company from a minimum-level role, that's your choice.

General consensus is that a degree is going to increase your earning potential. Whether the degree is actually adding any value to a candidate is beside the point.

Just look at learning as fun and college as a good way to challenge yourself, try new things, meet new people, and improve your ability to manage a heavy workload.

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Maren’s Answer

Not all jobs require the completion of a degree, and in some cases those that do may still even be flexible about the type of degree you received. When trying to decide what you'll do for your career, you will want to research the types of jobs in the fields you're interested in to get a better understanding of which roles require a degree/types of degrees and which do not. While more years of school can sound daunting, pursuing a degree can lead to more possibilities and allow you to learn and grow as a person.

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Mounia’s Answer

It Depends on the type of job.
Some jobs require to have a degree because there are lots of learning that needs to be done prior to starting the job.
For example a doctor needs to study for a long period of time before being able to start practicing.
Other jobs don't require a degree, the latter can be substituted with years of expertise instead.
Mainly the degree will help you gain deeper understanding and will enable you with the required set of skills in order to succeed.