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Asked by Abby on September 15, 2017

Does what degree you have actually matter? Or do companies mostly look at the fact that you have a degree?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on September 19, 2017

Hello!
This is a good question. I would say more often than not, it does matter what kind of degree you have if you're going into a salaried type of role. Engineering, Finance, Accounting, and IT positions often require a specific degree. Some fields and industries are more flexible, however. Business degrees can get you positions in multiple areas of an organization, where as some areas, such as engineering, are more specialized. Anything with a technical skillset required is more likely to require specific degrees or certifications. Best of luck!

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Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on September 22, 2017

In general, experience is more important than a degree.  Of course, if you are in college right now, your work experience will be limited, so the degree is more important at this stage in your career, much less so later on.  Having said that, more often than not, the fact that you have a degree is more important than what the degree is in.  Sure, there are obvious exceptions, pretty hard to get a very specialized role such as a medical doctor or lawyer without a degree in such.
What you need to ask yourself at this point is how sure are you about what you want to do for a career.  If you feel strongly about something, align your education with that, it will certainly help you.  If you are unsure, I strongly encourage you to try as many different courses as you can and gain as much experience as you can through internships/co-ops and volunteer activities.  The more exposure you get to things, the more you learn what you like, what you don't like, what you are good at, not so good at, etc. and all experience is valued by a future employer.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on December 13, 2017

Great question! The type of degree you have is important for some positions, but not all. The company and/or indsutry can play into this as well. For specialized positions such as engineering, IT, finance or accounting, the degree typically does matter because you get more specialized coursework. For other business and non-business fields, there is often more flexibility as long as you have the right experience to compliment your degree. Prior to declaring your major, I would recommend doing some research on the fields that interest you to better understand any hard requirements they may require. Looking through job descriptions or speaking with career services are a great place to start.

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