A BA is no longer a useless degree…you can use it to get a filing job for $10 per hour…yes all you teacher out there sitting all smug in your taxpayer funded job you got off the back of a BA…it’s worth $10 an hour in the real world…where they pay in real dollars.
The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.
Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelorâ€™s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.Â
This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office â€śrunnerâ€ť â€” the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office â€” went to a four-year school.
â€śCollege graduates are just more career-oriented,â€ť said Adam Slipakoff, the firmâ€™s managing partner. â€śGoing to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. Theyâ€™re not just looking for a paycheck.â€ť
Economists have referred to this phenomenon as â€śdegree inflation,â€ť and it has been steadily infiltrating Americaâ€™s job market. Across industries and geographic areas, many other jobs that didnâ€™t used to require a diploma â€” positions like dental hygienists, cargo agents, clerks and claims adjusters â€” are increasingly requiring one,Â according to Burning Glass, a company that analyzes job ads from more than 20,000 online sources, including major job boards and small- to midsize-employer sites.