Attending university in the U.S.: employment prospects and earning potential

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Statista Dossier about employment and income prospects for US university graduates

This dossier offers a collection of statistics covering the employment outcomes that university graduates have experienced following completion of their degree in the United States. There are three sections covered in the dossier: university graduate employment statistics, earning potential and finally, graduate experiences. The last section offers results from surveys of graduates about their experience of the job market following university.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • U.S. college graduates confidence in their employment and financial future 2012

    • U.S. unemployment rate, by education 1992-2016

    • Average weekly income, by level of education in the U.S. from 2005 to 2009

    • Median household income in the United States by education of householder 2016

  • 2. Graduate employment statistics
    • Work/study situation of recent graduates in the U.S. 2012

    • Employment rate of bachelor's degree holders in the U.S. 2009, by major

    • College majors with the highest full-time employment rate in the U.S. 2009

    • College majors with the highest employment rates in the U.S. 2009

    • College majors with the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. 2012

    • The best master's degrees for jobs in the U.S. 2017

    • The worst master's degrees for jobs in the U.S. 2017

    • Recession in America - impact on working conditions

    • Recession in America - impact on working time of employees

    • Hiring rate of graduates and postgraduates in the U.S. from 2010-2012

    • Recruitment process: availablity of graduates in the U.S. 2012, by job category

  • 3. Earning potential
    • U.S. university graduates median starting salaries 2012, various categories

    • Median income by college major groups in the U.S. 2013

    • The 10 worst-paid college majors in the U.S. in 2011

    • U.S. wage and salary workers: weekly earnings by education and gender 2017

    • Median income of bachelor's degree holders by gender and major in the U.S. 2009

    • Average earning increase after obtaining a graduate degree in the U.S. 2013

    • Lowest average earning increase from obtaining a graduate degree U.S. 2009

  • 4. Graduates' experiences
    • Relevance of degree to first job, for university graduates in the U.S. 2012

    • University graduates' satisfaction with first job, by job attribute in the U.S. 2012

    • University graduates' views on first job and career path in the U.S. 2012

    • University graduates' sacrifices when accepting first job in the U.S. 2012

    • U.S. job satisfaction rates, by education 1972-2012

    • Confidence in finding another job in the U.S. in 2011, by education

    • HR managers on why graduates have an advantage in the U.S. job market in 2012

    • HR managers on why graduates are disadvantaged in the U.S. job market in 2012

  • Language: English
  • Released: January 2013
  • Source(s): Statista
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