College is overrated.
Well, at least sometimes. New data from millions of users and job listings from career networking site LinkedIn shows that many top companies including Google GOOG, -0.17% AAPL, +1.48% Airbnb, Facebook FB, -0.60% Oracle ORCL, -0.44% and others all have high-paying, in-demand jobs where a four-year degree isn’t required.
“The four-year degree isn’t gone altogether but we’re starting to see a shift in what these companies are looking for,” says Laura Lorenzetti, editor at LinkedIn. “There’s a growing emphasis on skills over school as they compete for top talent. People still see the four-year degree as a signaling factor but companies are taking experience as seriously as a four-year college degree.”