ERIC Number: ED450680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
From Bachelor's Degree to Work: Major Field of Study and Employment Outcomes of 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients Who Did Not Enroll in Graduate Education by 1997. Statistical Analysis Report. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Horn, Laura J.; Zahn, Lisa
The analysis described in this report investigated the relationship between undergraduate major and early employment outcomes among 1992-1993 college graduates who did not pursue graduate education within 4 years after earning their bachelors' degrees (i.e., as of 1997). These college graduates represented 70% of all graduates, and most entered the labor market immediately after finishing their degree. The analysis is based on the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, which tracked students who received a bachelor's degree in 1992-1993. The findings of this study confirm what has been reported consistently in other studies about earnings: college graduates who major in the fields of engineering, business, computer science, nursing, and other health fields earn higher than average full-time salaries. Taking into account other aspects of employment, including job stability, job benefits, and job satisfaction, engineering and computer science stood out as the fields with the most consistent favorable employment outcomes for bachelor's degree recipients. In contrast, education and humanities and arts majors experienced the least favorable outcomes. Graduates of nursing, business, and engineering programs experienced greater than average job stability. Study findings demonstrate substantial gender differences in earning. By 1997, men earned more than women in all fields of study except engineering, health (other than nursing) and humanities and arts. Appendixes contain a glossary and technical notes. (Contains 20 tables, 3 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Degrees (Academic), Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Income, Labor Market, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.