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February 10, 2011 3:45 PM The Unnecessary Graduate Degree

By Daniel Luzer

One of the points made frequently by those who think too many Americans are going to college is that there are now a whole lot of college educated people working in jobs that don’t actually require a college education.

As Ohio University economist Richard Vedder complained back in October: “The growing disconnect between labor market realities and the propaganda of higher-education apologists is causing more and more people to graduate and take menial jobs or no job at all.”

It’s not just the “propaganda of higher-education apologists” that causes people to get education that they don’t really need to perform their jobs; it’s also actual hiring practices.

Yesterday ClimateProgress, a project of the Center for American Progress and a news website I generally find quite excellent, posted a job opening for a reporter/blogger position. According to the post:

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Reporter/Blogger to work with Dr. Joseph Romm at ClimateProgress.org and with Kate Gordon on other research products.
Responsibilities:
Write content for the blog ClimateProgress.org.
Pursue investigations on energy and climate.
Assist with various research projects.
Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications include “publications on energy policy, clean energy, oil, climate science, and national politics,” “familiarity with ClimateProgress.org and the progressive blogosphere,” and a master’s degree.

That’s right, the organization has decided that a master’s degree is necessary to “assist with various research projects” and write blogs on ClimateProgress.

Well let’s hope the reporter/blogger will get paid at least $60,000 a year, roughly the average salary for someone with those qualifications, because otherwise it would seem like a master’s degree might be asking a little much for that kind of job.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer