81 per cent of tech employers still require a college degree, though 79 per cent said they would be fine with only enough work experience.

47 per cent of tech employers admitted that skills training credentials are most important when considering a candidate for an entry-level job, while only 27 per cent agreed that a college degree has an impact.

According to the study published by Cengage Group, “many employers still require a four-year degree because they have not updated or innovated how they screen talent and evaluate their potential.”

On why a degree is important, 40 per cent of employers believe that applicants with a college degree are better equipped for the role. Three in five employers (62 per cent) require a degree for all entry-level positions.

“Tradition” is also responsible for the requirements for a college degree, with 16 per cent of employers saying they needed a college degree for entry-level positions because “it has always been this way.”

The Cengage study also found that two in three (66 per cent) companies struggling to find talent believe that “removing degree requirements for open roles would help them find qualified talent to narrow staffing gap.”

Among employers who do not require a college degree for entry-level positions, one in 10 said they did so to broaden their talent pool to address critical labor shortages.

The sources for this piece include an article in ZDNet.