ERIC Number: ED253165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Employment Prospects for College Graduates. Policy Brief.
Henderson, Cathy; Ottinger, Cecilia
Recent and projected trends in the economy and implications for college graduates are considered. Projected changes during 1982-1995 in the employment of college-educated workers are indicated for about 85 occupations, using percentages indicating fast to slow increases/decreases in opportunity. Employment forecasts for the following types of workers are also offered: professional, technical, and service workers; managers, sales, and craft workers; and operatives, laborers, private household workers, and farmers. Factors that affect job satisfaction and the effect of underemployment on work attitudes are also addressed, along with the effect of labor market shifts on students' choice of major. Finally, advice to college graduates on finding a job is included. It is suggested that college graduates have increased job opportunities and a lower probability of unemployment. However, a continued tight labor market for college graduates is projected. A slight surplus of college graduates relative to the economy's demand for highly educated workers will likely mean that, through 1995, one in four graduates will accept employment in a position that traditionally has not required a college-trained worker. The largest job growth is expected in the fields of health, engineering, and computer sciences. (SW)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Demand Occupations, Economic Climate, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Labor Market, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Nonprofessional Personnel, Occupational Information, Professional Personnel, Trend Analysis, Underemployment, Unemployment
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036-1193.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.