Question of the Day: What percentage of college graduates work in their field of study?
Do college studies actually translate to students' future jobs? Recent data shows an increased correlation.
Answer: 46% (according to a survey of 1,000 college graduates)
- Which majors do you think are more likely to lead to a job in that field?
- What steps can you take to prepare yourself for employment, regardless of which major you choose?
- Given that almost 3/4 of college grads end up in fields that are not related to their major, do you think it's a good idea to consider multiple majors while in college?
Behind the numbers (Intelligent):
"In addition to dealing with financial insecurity, only 46% of college grads surveyed say they currently work in their field of study. 29% report working in a different field, while 16% of those under age 54 (and therefore not likely retired) say they are currently unemployed.
Respondents were very divided when it came to their prospects of finding a well-paying job in their field of study, ostensibly the goal of any college graduate. 22% say they are very hopeful they’ll attain a well-paying job in their field, 31% are somewhat hopeful, 26% are not very hopeful, and 21% are not at all hopeful."
What's the value of a college degree? Check out this Data Crunch to answer the question.
Looking for more resources for your college-going students? Check out the Paying for College Unit Page.