Study: Nearly half are overqualified for their jobs

Nearly half of working Americans with college degrees are in jobs for which they’re overqualified, a new study out Monday suggests.

The study, released by the non-profit Center for College Affordability and Productivity, says the trend is likely to continue for newly minted college graduates over the next decade.

“It is almost the new normal,” says lead author Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist and founder of the center, based in Washington.

The number of Americans whose highest academic degree was a bachelor’s grew 25% to 41 million from 2002 to 2012, statistics released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

The number with associate’s degrees increased 31%, while the number of Americans for whom the highest level of education attainment was a master’s or doctorate degree grew fastest of all — 45% and 43%, respectively.

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    This all got started in the 60’s when the real men all ran to school to avoid the draft , Then it was just passed on to their children. If you have enough time and money you can buy education , Unlike a skilled trade. Someone has to clean the fish maybe some of these underemployed college people should enroll in a trade school or apprentice ship program and make some good money and have more work and jobs then they can fill.

    My two best friend are Drs and when we went out fishing we took my boat as they just had Jonboats and I’m not going 50 miles off shore in one of those (: Plumbing electrical HVAC Iron workers mill wrights are begging for skilled people..When Degreed people flip a switch turn the faucet handle or turn up the thermostat they want something to happen .. Someone has to clean the fish.