I dropped out of my college my sophomore year and started working at a small family friend's tech company. I am now looking to change jobs. I am wondering if not having a college degree will count against me and if I should go back and finish.
I mean, I think this question answers itself. Although I am no expert on the hiring process (I would hope someone more experienced will chip in!), it would make sense to me that it works fairly similarly to the process of getting accepted to college in the first place. In this day and age, as someone young, I can tell you that it is quite nearly expected that every individual looking to attain a specialized job has a college degree in a relevant field. I also feel that college degrees have never been more accessible, and I feel those two conditions go hand in hand.
That being said, assuming you have enough work experience... I suppose that it comes down to what options you are exploring. And how good you are at interviewing. Although it may seem harsh, I would imagine that most big companies are likely inclined to filter out anyone who does not meet the college degree "standard" (I hesitate to say standard, but I feel it is growing to that point). On the flip side, a "small family friend's tech company" is probably more eager to hire, and would be more willing to negotiate, rather than tossing your application into the "automatically deny" folder!
Overall, would it be a good idea to get a degree? Absolutely! No question about it. It is usually safe to say that the returns on investment of going to school for a job in this field are positive. If you work hard enough, I believe that your chances of getting a job that can stand on its own two legs are exponentially greater if you have a degree.
However, again, I am just a student myself, so I could be completely talking out of my... well, you know.