More companies skipping four-year degree requirement for hiring

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s recent decision to eliminate the requirement for a four-year college degree for most state jobs is looking like it’s part of a popular trend. 

A recent survey by intelligent.com showed that more companies in the U.S. are making the same move. 

The website surveyed 1,000 hiring managers and found that 53% of them said their company has eliminated the requirement for a bachelor’s degree in the past year. 

Of those, 64% said that the reason they removed the requirement was to increase the number of applicants. 

Experience was favored over education by 76% of the hiring managers. 

Of course, training is still important and 77% of companies said they are either currently offering apprenticeships or plan to by the end of the year. 

A recent report by the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley showed that college enrollment is declining locally. Over the past ten years the number of area students entering college after high school dropped from 78% down to 67%.