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ERIC Number: EJ1216787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
Are They Worth It?: Master's Degrees and Labor Market Outcomes in the STEM Workforce
Okahana, Hironao; Hao, Yi
Innovative Higher Education, v44 n3 p165-185 Jun 2019
Utilizing the 2013 "National Survey of College Graduates" (Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System, National Science Foundation, 2015), this study examined three measures of labor market outcomes: annual earning potentials; primary work activity; and education-job match for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) bachelor's degree holders by their master's degree attainment. Whereas the study found earning differentials across master's degrees, the results suggest that one's earnings are explained by other factors, specifically gender. Results reflect a discernible and concerning pay gap between men and women with the same level of degree attainment in the STEM workforce. Also, implications for policy and practice are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1538769