Employment opportunities vary by industry and organization. Small companies tend to be more flexible, however less interested in degrees more in experience and employee cost. Large organizations are more college degree oriented regardless of position or end contribution.
Be aware that recent cuts in government spending will effect many engineering professions as our govenrment directly and indirectly employs more than half on the degreed engineers in the USA.
Wish I had a more definative answer... Just keep grinding the job search!