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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has produced new reporting tools of graduate wage outcomes out to twenty years post completion. These reports are available at the statewide level by program discipline (two-digit level of the Classification of Instructional Programs). It was found that reported wages increase by level of degree and that there is significant variation within degree levels by discipline. Technical and professional disciplines generally show higher wages than disciplines in the liberal arts and humanities. The range of difference is greatest for graduates of four-year baccalaureate programs. This is not unexpected as these degrees represent the majority of degree awards. The difference in wages earned in 2013 for the graduates of 1992-93 is significant--the median wages of the three disciplines with lowest wages are approximately half the median wages of the three highest. There is a similar pattern with master's degrees. As common wisdom suggests, bachelor's degrees in the discipline areas of engineering, computer science, and engineering technologies demonstrate the highest earnings over time. Education, English, and visual and performing arts demonstrate the lowest earnings. Associate degrees designed for transfer to four-year colleges lag behind the applied science associate degrees initially, but eventually outperform them in later years. The following is appended: Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). Overall Outcomes for the Graduates of 1992-93 are presented in this report.

Descriptors: Colleges, Higher Education, College Graduates, Outcomes of Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Wages, Salary Wage Differentials, Educational Status Comparison, Employment Level, Educational Mobility, Occupational Mobility, Career Change, Midlife Transitions, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Masters Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, Educational Attainment

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 101 North 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219. Tel: 804-225-2600; Fax: 804-225-2604; Web site: http://www.schev.edu

Author: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4575&id=ED564436

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