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ERIC Number: ED500407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 141
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
Ten Years after College: Comparing the Employment Experiences of 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients with Academic and Career-Oriented Majors. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Report. NCES 2008-155
Choy, Susan P.; Bradburn, Ellen M.
National Center for Education Statistics
This report examines college graduates' work experiences in the first 10 years after they graduated. It describes their labor force status, employment stability and intensity, occupations and industries, salaries and benefits, and perceptions about their jobs. The report focuses on differences across undergraduate majors, comparing the experiences of graduates who had academic versus career-oriented undergraduate majors, and within these general categories, specific majors when sample size permitted. The study found that 10 years after finishing college, most graduates had a job they considered a career and used their education, and their average salary, adjusted for inflation, had roughly doubled since 1994. A majority were satisfied with their pay, fringe benefits, job security, and opportunity for promotion. Compared with graduates with academic undergraduate majors, those with career-oriented majors appeared to establish themselves in the labor force earlier and relatively fewer obtained additional education. The following are appended: (1) Glossary; (2) Categories for Undergraduate Major, Occupation, and Industry; and (3) Technical Notes and Methodology. (Contains 20 tables, 17 figures, and 27 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes