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College Degree Needed For Cashier Job at McDonald’s?

A McDonald's in Massachusetts posts an ad for an open cashier position that requires not only one to two years of experience, but also a Bachelor's degree.
This image released by McDonald's shows their company logo featuring the famed golden arches. The most iconic company logos such as those of McDonald’s, Target, Apple and Nike are visual cues that are seared onto people’s consciousness without their even realizing it. McDonald’s was started in by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald. But by the early 1950s, the Oakbrook, Ill.-based company began to franchise and grow rapidly when businessman Ray Kroc joined the company. The logo is one of the most iconic in the world. (AP Photo/McDonald's)

By// Mariah Craddick

While it used to be the ideal first job for a sixteen-year-old high school student, a McDonald’s in Massachusetts says it doesn’t want any. According to the Washington Examiner, this McDonald’s posted an ad for an open cashier position that required not only one to two years of experience, but also a Bachelor’s degree. Huh?

“Sadly we’ve taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense competition for just about any job,” Evan Feinberg, president of Washington-based youth advocacy group Generation Opportunity, told the Examiner. “Combine that with government meddling in the student loan market that has artificially inflated the cost of higher education and young people are getting screwed over even worse than the country overall.” With youth unemployment at 11.5 percent and student loan debt continually on the rise, Feinberg sounds about right.

This begs many questions: What college degree holder would ever want to apply for a cashier position at McDonald’s (no shade, but really though)? Is a college degree even necessary to be successful in a position like this? While yes, it is important to know your numbers and how to count money, but a degree? And what about the high school kids?

Some may think that having a college degree will mean better communication, manners and overall customer service, but there are some degree holders who lack one or all three. But, the job market is scarce for college grads so maybe this could at least be good for them.