Share of science and engineering graduates working in related jobs in the U.S. 2017

This statistic shows the percentage of people with their highest degree in science or engineering that were working in jobs related to their degree in the United States in 2017, by field of study. In 2017, 80.4 percent of social sciences degree holders were employed in non-science and engineering occupations.

Share of science and engineering degree holders employed in their field of study in the United States in 2017, by field of study

Occupational areaWorking in field of highest degreeOther science and engineeringScience and engineering relatedNon-science and engineering occupation
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Release date

September 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

The occupations included as science and engineering occupations include: biological, agricultural, and environmental life scientists, computer and mathematical scientists, physical scientists, social scientists, engineers, and science and engineering postsecondary teachers.

Science and engineering related occupations include: health-related occupations, S&E managers, S&E precollege teachers, S&E technicians and technologists, architects, and actuaries.

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