ERIC Number: ED399402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Employment in Perspective: Work Activity of Students. Report 897.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics examined the characteristics of high school students and full-time college undergraduates who work during the school year. Data were from the October 1994 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Findings indicated that over one-fourth of high school students and almost one-half of full-time college undergraduates were employed. In general, younger students were less likely to work than older students. College students were nearly twice as likely to work as high school students. In both high school and college, men and women were equally likely to have worked, although there were some differences within specific age groups. White high school students were about twice as likely to have to worked as black or Hispanic students. Among college students, about half of white and Hispanic students worked compared to just over one-third of blacks. Three-fifths of high school students and about two-fifths of college students worked in the retail trade. The vast majority of both worked 20 hours or less per week. Black and Hispanic high school students worked more hours than white students. Male and female students worked about the same number of hours. Over 90 percent of high school and college students combined were paid by the hour, compared with about three-fifths of all wage and salary workers. For college students, median weekly hours were about the same regardless of age, sex, or race. The median hourly earnings of high school students were $4.73 and of college students were $5.19. For both high school and college students, male and older students earned more. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Age Differences, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, High School Students, Higher Education, Part Time Employment, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Employment, Undergraduate Students, Wages, Work Environment, Work Experience, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.