Purpose of choice of job among U.S. high school graduates 2012

This statistic shows the results of a survey among high school graduates regarding the purpose of their current job in the United States in 2012. As of 2012, 40 percent of the high school graduates enrolled in college chose their current job as a way to save some money for school, wheras the majority of high school students not enrolled in college (50 percent) chose their job in order to pay their bills.

High school graduates: Why did you take on your current job?

High school graduates enrolled in collegeHigh school graduates not enrolled in college
Way to save money for school40%21%
Way to pay the bills28%50%
Way to earn spending money28%15%
Exploring a career option27%20%
A career position5%22%
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Release date



United States

Survey time period

March 15 to April 1, 2012

Number of respondents

1,503 respondents

Special properties

High school graduates

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide the original question to this survey. The wording here may therefore differ.
According to the source, "to qualify as a recent high school graduate, respondents must be younger than 24 and have graduated from high school" for this survey.

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