ERIC Number: ED154861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of High School, Two-Year College, and Four-Year College Vocational/Technical/Professional Selected Business Graduates With Regard to Their First Full-Time Job and Salary Obtained After Graduation.
Robon, Nancy C.
Graduates of high school, two-year college, and four-year college business programs were surveyed to determine the perceived relevance of that education, job and salary levels secured, and graduates' opinions of their education. Questionnaires eliciting information on job titles, amount of education necessary to obtaining their jobs, and the number of people they supervised, were sent to 340 high school, 122 two-year college, and 170 four-year college business graduates one year after graduation. Respondents wrote what they did on their jobs and/or attached copies of job descriptions. To control for experience, only graduates aged 17-19, 19-21, and 21-23 were surveyed. A 52.1% overall response rate was obtained. At each successive education level, the number of full-time employed graduates increased from 53.6% at the high school, to 69.1% at the two-year college, and 78.1% at the four-year college level. Those employed in areas relating to their majors included 45.5% of high school, 48.9% of two-year college, and 52% of four-year college graduates. There was a very strong correlation between education and job levels and between education and salary levels: high school graduates had 53.4% in semiskilled and 29.3% in skilled jobs; two-year college graduates had 23.3% in skilled and 63.3% in technical jobs; and four-year college graduates had 27.6% in technical and 62.1% in professional jobs. (TR)
Descriptors: Age, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Business Education, College Graduates, Educational Economics, Educational Experience, Employment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Females, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Males, Professional Occupations, Salaries, Semiskilled Occupations, Skilled Occupations, Technical Occupations
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)