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ERIC Number: ED537269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Work-Life Earnings by Field of Degree and Occupation for People with a Bachelor's Degree: 2011. American Community Survey Briefs. ACSBR/11-04
Julian, Tiffany
US Census Bureau
Individuals make a variety of choices over the course of their careers that impact their earning potential. These choices include how far to go in school, what to study in school, and what job to take. This brief explores the relationship between how far one goes in school (educational attainment) and how much money one might make over the course of a career (work-life earnings). It goes into further detail for people whose highest degree is a bachelor's by investigating how college major (field of degree) and occupation impact these work-life earnings. The U.S. Census Bureau has developed an estimate of the amount of money a person might expect to make over the course of a career called the Synthetic Work-Life Earnings (SWE) estimate. This estimate is an illustrative example of the magnitude of differences in earnings based on factors such as education and occupation added up over a work life. This brief uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to demonstrate that educational attainment, college major, and occupation all affect work-life earnings. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Census Bureau