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How The Master’s Degree Became The New Bachelor’s In The Hiring World

More employers are looking to hire candidates with advanced degrees than ever before.

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Adam Helweh found this one and posted it on Facebook (which is where I found this). Reading this, it makes me glad that I spent the time earning my MSPTC (Master’s of Science in Professional and Technical Communication), and it has helped me earn a better income and advance my career.  But what would it mean to get a PhD or other doctorate degree in the working world? That is, if the Master’s degree is what is the new Bachelor’s degree, does that mean a doctorate is the new Master’s?  

In the US, it’s expensive enough to try to earn a Bachelor’s degree, and that’s much cheaper than a graduate degree (knowing the cost per credit at many graduate schools compared to undergraduate schools, it’s tremendously more), how is this going to help the workforce ultimately? It definitely helps the technical communication world, I think, to some level bring up the quality of work that’s out there. But there are plenty of talented people with undergrad degrees that can do the work, too. 

Time will tell how this will all impact the workforce at large. 

What do you think? Include your comments below. 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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