McDonald's Job Ad Requires Potential Cashiers Have a College Degree

By: The Huffington Post Email
By: The Huffington Post Email

(The Huffington Post) - Hopefully “Do you want fries with that?” is a phrase they teach in college classrooms.

A McDonald’s in Winchendon, Mass., is apparently requiring potential cashiers to have a bachelor’s degree, according to a recent job posting. The ad, posted on, also says that applicants should be “friendly" and able to "smile while serving lots of guests daily.”

The job opening is with an “independent franchise," but it also appears on the McDonald’s corporate site, albeit with no note of the bachelor’s degree requirement. McDonald’s corporate headquarters and the franchise didn’t immediately return email and phone messages seeking comment.

While the bachelor’s degree requirement may seem a bit much, college graduates working menial jobs is becoming the new normal. In 2012, 284,000 college graduates had a job that paid minimum wage, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. Though that’s less than the 2010 high of 327,000, there are 70 percent more college graduates working for the minimum wage than a decade ago.

In McDonald's case, the average salary for a cashier is $7.67 an hour, slightly more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to

Unlike the case of this McDonald’s gig, lots of college graduates are working in jobs that don’t actually require that bachelor’s degree of theirs. Nearly half of college graduates in the class of 2010 are working jobs that don’t require the degrees they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get.

All that fits in line with a larger national shift toward low-paying jobs. Three-fifths of the jobs lost during the recession were middle-wage jobs, while three-fifths of the jobs gained during the recovery paid low-wages, according to an August study from the National Employment Law Project.

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