$10 An Hour Jobs Requiring College Degrees

February 20th, 2013

Via: New York Times:

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 bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.

This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school.

“College graduates are just more career-oriented,” said Adam Slipakoff, the firm’s managing partner. “Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They’re not just looking for a paycheck.”

2 Responses to “$10 An Hour Jobs Requiring College Degrees”

  1. steve holmes Says:

    In other words, people who are smart enough to not become $150,000 debt slaves for an “education,” are unlike those who will do ANYTHING for a job: They are already smart enough to tell greedy employers to get stuffed when employers try to abuse them.
    Good luck, education debt slaves. At $10/hr, you’re gonna need it until you wake up.

  2. erth2karin Says:

    Pretty sad commentary on the State of Things, when the head of a law firm doesn’t realize that people working $10 per hr jobs *are* “just looking for a paycheck”.
    You don’t make a commitment to a future that is barely able to support a single person without student loan debt to pay off.

    He’s in for an ugly surprise if the job market ever improves to the point where those college grads have a shot at better pay elsewhere. Sadly, it probably won’t, and he’ll get to continue financially raping his student loan debt-slaves.

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