ERIC Number: ED283486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Occupational and Educational Consequences of a Baccalaureate Degree.
Korb, Roslyn A.
Results of the 1985 Recent College Graduates survey, which investigated the employment status, current occupation, salary, and continuation in school of bachelor's degree recipients, are presented. The study group was a nationally representative sample of about 16,000 bachelor's degree recipients. One year after graduation, 64% of arts and sciences majors reported that their job was related to their major, compared to 88% of graduates of professional programs. While 43% of arts and sciences majors felt a degree was not necessary to obtain their job, the major exception was for majors in mathematics, computer science, or physical sciences. Graduates of business and health professions programs were less likely to be enrolled in school 1 year after completing an undergraduate degree, while graduates in biology, social sciences, and psychology were more likely to be enrolled in school. Mathematics, computer science, and physical science graduates earned as much as, or more than, majors in such professional fields as the health professions, business, or public affairs/social services. Information about the survey and data reliability are included, along with a list of the major fields of study and occupations and taxonomy codes. (SW)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Attendance, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Employment Experience, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Occupations, Professional Education, Salaries, Unemployment
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.