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Why Do Most Employers Ask For A High School Diploma?

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Just a question that was on my mind tonight.
 

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I'm sure someone can give a better answer, but one reason I can think of is that it shows at least a minimal amount of dedication and work. If someone hasn't completed high school, most employers will get the impression that they are lazy. Also, high school gives the opportunity to learn some basic skills that may be helpful in a working environment, such as teamwork.
 

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This is proof you know certain skills like reading, writing, and math. If they feel like you don't high school reading or math skills, it is likely they will not hire you.
 

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This is proof you know certain skills like reading, writing, and math. If they feel like you don't high school reading or math skills, it is likely they will not hire you.
a bit off topic but ideally yes, our public system is a joke.
 

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It also indicates that someone is able to follow the rules, and go to school/work everyday regardless of whether they feel like it. Since attendance is legally mandatory, many employers wonder if the individual has a problem with authority if they don't attend school. Getting a diploma also indicates that social skills are at least somewhat reasonable, as they were able to get along with their teachers and classmates well enough to attend for 12 1/2 years.

Basically, the diploma is used by employers to filter out employees who may not be willing to follow the employers instructions day after day.

Some jobs do require math skills and such. Employers will often give math and vocabulary tests to prospective employees to make sure they actually paid attention in school. As well as a physical fitness test, and drug screening.

Their goal is to find someone reliable, compliant, able to learn job skills, and get along reasonably with their co-workers/customers.
 
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As a former employer, I agree with all replies so far. I might have shared this before but there is another point that was made to me once that I truly believe.

A college professor once told me that college isn't primarily to learn a specific trade or skill. College is for learning how to study, research, experiment, and learn.

I believe this also applies to high school. Students that graduate demonstrate commitment, perseverance, and drive above those that don't.
 

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To me a High School diploma only shows that you graduated passing all your courses, or even barely passing them. Some jobs require college and some just a simple High School diploma. It's best to have the education you need for any type of workplace.
 

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Because as a high school graduate you have shown competency in reading and writing and basic math. And Employers can then require you to utilize those skills without excuse by employee for any injuries resulting from not paying attention to the warning signs.

Also such things as making change for cash purchases, three scoops for sanitation. Test strips coming up blue. Danger High Voltage...

If you have a diploma you can't Sue your employer when you stick your hand into an electrical panel because you couldn't read the sign. Also comes in handy for the stickers on the side of ladders. Counting inventory and etc.
 

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Because as a high school graduate you have shown competency in reading and writing and basic math. And Employers can then require you to utilize those skills without excuse by employee for any injuries resulting from not paying attention to the warning signs.

Also such things as making change for cash purchases, three scoops for sanitation. Test strips coming up blue. Danger High Voltage...

If you have a diploma you can't Sue your employer when you stick your hand into an electrical panel because you couldn't read the sign. Also comes in handy for the stickers on the side of ladders. Counting inventory and etc.





Good point, but I think that most high school students can already read, write, and perform simple math.
 

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Good point, but I think that most high school students can already read, write, and perform simple math.
there was NO remedial math , reading and writing in college in the early 90s and before and now you test and they will place you in those Before you even start college level. I had to retake that and did so with 18 year olds JUST graduated. basic algebra, English literature and also reading courses(which tested in college).
 

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If you have a diploma you can't Sue your employer when you stick your hand into an electrical panel because you couldn't read the sign.
This is not necessarily true. I served on our company's product safety committee for a few years. One day, our corporate attorney visited us and he explained that it is not possible to completely remove all liability from our products, no matter what we do. All we can do is reduce the level of liability. In fact, he told us that we can go too far with safety to the point where the guards and other safety features actually become the hazard.

It was amazing how machine operators would bypass safety protocols and procedures, get hurt, and then their company and our company would be sued and they would obtain judgment in their favor.
 

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