Are You Overqualified for Your Job?

Nearly half of Americans are, a new study suggests.

According to the . However, with the current job market the way it is, many people are willing to take whatever job they're offered - even if they're overqualified.

A study out Monday by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity finds nearly half of working Americans with college degrees are overqualified for their jobs.

The study is based on 2010 Labor Department data, which suggests the stock of college graduates in the workforce is larger than the number of jobs requiring a college degree. According to a USA Today report, which details the study, 15 percent of taxi drivers in 2010 had bachelor's degrees vs. 1 percent in 1970; and of retail sales clerks 25 percent had a bachelor's degree in 2010, compared to less than 5 percent in 1970.

Do you agree with the new report? Has a college degree gotten you and your loved ones the jobs you want, or are you too overqualified for your position? Tell us in the comments section below.

Pam J February 02, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I've had two phone interviews with two different stores (Home Depot and Target). Both of the people I talked with said that since I had worked in an office my whole life and made a good salary, that I would not be happy being a retail employee. I said that I was at the point in my life where I wanted to change careers, but they didn't believe that. It wasn't true anyway because I really wanted a high-paying office position! And in 1970, not as many people went to college as they do today. We didn't have the financial aid that kids have today. And you could get a good job without a college degree. Now, I read an ad for an administrative assistant, with a salary of $8 an hour and they require a Bachelor's Degree. Yep, that person will be real happy answering the phone and typing letters with that degree.


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