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Chef in safety mask hanging up sign closed on restaurant door.Last summer, the Nebraska Department of Labor shared data showing jobs that do not require a college degree were more likely to be unemployed during COVID. This chart shows Nebraska jobs that filed the most unemployment claims: DOLChart


Cooks, waiters, retail salespersons, and cashiers require no formal education.

Production workers, customer service representatives, childcare workers (not preschool teachers) require a high school education.

The only careers in this top 10 list that require college? Hairstylists, who need a post-secondary certificate, and managers, who typically need a bachelor’s degree.

Is a college degree really worth it?

When something like COVID hits, the overwhelming answer is: yes. It appears job security (and a paycheck) can be more consistent when you have a job that requires a college degree.

Want to see what jobs are in demand? And what they pay? Visit to see Nebraska jobs that are paying well with education after high school!