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Entry-Level Job Candidates Should Be Ready to Answer This Make-or-Break Question While Interviewing at Top Companies Like JPMorgan Chase, Talent Expert Says A college degree might not be the strict requirement it once was — but successful applicants must be prepared to showcase another aspect of their resume.

By Amanda Breen Edited by Jessica Thomas

Key Takeaways

  • The share of jobs on ZipRecruiter that included a bachelor's degree as a requirement dropped from 18% to 14.5% in 2023.
  • Josh Millet, founder and CEO of talent success company Criteria, reveals how candidates can set themselves apart.

There are many things that can help applicants rise to the top in today's job market, but as it turns out, having a college degree might not be one of them, at least when it comes to certain companies and roles.

The share of jobs on hiring platform ZipRecruiter that required a bachelor's degree dropped from 18% to 14.5% in 2023, CBS News reported, and an increasing number of companies, including big names like Amazon and Walmart, are considering hiring non-degreed candidates.

Related: Fewer Young Men Are Going to College — Here's a State-By-State Breakdown of Where They'll Have the Best and Worst Job Prospects

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