ERIC Number: ED110807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates: Employment Success Two Years After Graduation.
Walsh, Michael, Comp.
Eliminating the unstable employment period for college graduates in the first year or two after graduation, the followup study of the Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) 1972 liberal arts graduates was undertaken in November, 1974. Of 735 liberal arts graduates in 1972, there were 375 respondents. The liberal arts graduates reflected a satisfactory employment rate when comparing their unemployment rates to national rates; their overall unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, ranging from a rate of 12.5 percent for unmarried males to 2.0 percent for married males. Graduates were engaged in a variety of careers (250 job titles) and showed a high level of employment, with over half earning over $10,000 a year and three-fourths listing their job as having career potential. Their major difficulty seemed to be the long process of finding satisfactory employment. Since few of the liberal arts graduates had a job-related major, the results question the assumption that a job-related major is necessary for a satisfactory job. An alphabetized list of the careers of the responding liberal arts graduates itemizes the graduate's college major, career potential assessment, and his/her 1974 yearly salary. A raw data summary of the followup study is also included. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Coll. of Liberal Arts.