ERIC Number: EJ963507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
The Earnings Benefits of Majoring in STEM Fields among High Achieving Minority Students
Melguizo, Tatiana; Wolniak, Gregory C.
Research in Higher Education, v53 n4 p383-405 Jun 2012
The purpose of this study was to improve our understanding of the association between major field of study in college and early career earnings among a sample of academically accomplished minority students. Results demonstrate the economic benefits minority students experience from majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math field during college, and highlight the importance of gaining employment in a closely related field in order to secure those benefits. The results also illustrate the need to carefully account for self-selection when estimating the earnings premiums in relation to educational experiences during college. Implications for policy and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Academically Gifted, Undergraduate Study, STEM Education, Majors (Students), Education Work Relationship, Career Choice, Educational Benefits, Income, Economic Opportunities, Educational Experience, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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IES Cited: ED544772