Gov. Shapiro signs executive order, college degree no longer required for 92% of state jobs

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Josh Shapiro signed his first executive order on Wednesday, announcing that 92% of state jobs no longer require a four-year college degree.

According to a news release, this impacts 65,000 positions with the state of Pennsylvania.

The order instructs the office of administration to emphasize skills and experience in job postings. It also orders a review of the remaining 8% of jobs that currently require a degree.

“Every Pennsylvanian should have the freedom to chart their own course and have a real opportunity to succeed,” Shapiro said. “They should get to decide what’s best for them – whether they want to go to college or straight into the workforce – not have that decided for them.”

Shapiro also ordered all state agencies to take steps to emphasize work experience in their hiring.

The Shapiro administration also launched a new website where applicants can search the open positions that don’t require a degree.

Click here to access the website.

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