According to Associated Press, young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs – waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example – and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.
An analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press lays bare the highly uneven prospects for holders of bachelor’s degrees.
Opportunities for college graduates vary widely.
While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder. Median wages for those with bachelor’s degrees are down from 2000, hit by technological changes that are eliminating midlevel jobs such as bank tellers. Most future job openings are projected to be in lower-skilled positions such as home health aides, who can provide personalized attention as the U.S. population ages.
Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers.
College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level; those with nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science degrees were among the most likely.
Given the information, it seems that the process by which people are trying to obtain jobs may also be a contributing factor. Applicants are told to fill out an application online. If there are one or two people in human resources trying to screen a large volume of resumes and applications the very individual manner that is used to vet the applications may also serve as barrier to employment.
SYSTEMS & PROTOCOL
It is very necessary for agencies and employers to reevaluate HOW applicants are processed. Computer systems are falliable. They become overloaded with incoming information and crash, information can be lost if there is a power outage, and more importantly the screening process may become overwhelming to a short staffed human resources office.
SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Graduates will have to seek employment beyond the bounds of their comfort zones. No longer will individuals have the luxury of obtaining employment in desired locations. They will have to open the possibilities of relocating to areas that may have never been considered.