Students’ career paths after college are often surprising and difficult to predict given students’ majors. Not only do students from the same major transition into a surprising variety of occupations, they also earn very different incomes: to take one example, the 3.4 percent of English majors who become managers earn a median salary of $77,000, while the 8.3 percent of their counterparts who become elementary and middle school teachers earn $51,000. Different career paths and the associated earnings differences for students with the same college major are pervasive and important for understanding both the benefits of college majors and of college itself.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, we have calculated annual median earnings for men and women of various ages who have graduated with a particular major and entered a given occupation. For each group of college graduates, we show the most common types of jobs, as well as the fractions of graduates who are unemployed, out of the labor force, and employed full- or part-time. In addition, among each group of workers with a particular major, we show the range of annual earnings and the percent who obtained education beyond a bachelor’s degree for the most common types of jobs. This interactive is intended to be a resource for those who seek a better understanding of how their college major can be used, as well as those interested in how college specialization and the labor market interact.
You can play with the interactive charts at The Hamilton Project. Unfortunately these charts don’t take into account one of our favorite topics, college selectivity.
It’s time to put a stop to ludicrous job titles
Let’s get creative!
Write a ludicrous job title(s) for what you do on a daily basis.
Then write a ludicrous job title for your dream job with a short description.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? What ludicrous job title would you give it?
A recent discussion on the politics open thread got onto the subject of immigration, then onto a discussion of how a change in immigration policy has affected businesses that rely on seasonal summer workers, which led away from politics to a discussion of summer employment of Totebaggers. Apparently many employers who rely heavily on seasonal summer workers have difficulty hiring domestic workers, and rely on foreign workers on visas (Denver Dad also mentioned it could be a problem for ski areas relying on seasonal winter workers).
For those of us with HS and college kids, what are your families doing WRT summer employment? Will, or have, your kids take or taken any of the summer jobs historically associated with kids that age, e.g., lifeguard, cannery work, agricultural work, fast food, wait or kitchen staff, etc? Or would jobs more associated with career plans, such as internships, be in their past or future?
What kind of summer work did you do, and will your kids do similar work?
4 Reasons I Chose To Stick With A Career I Don’t Love
Reason #2 has been mentioned here a few times.
I was fortunate that I loved my careers, if not always the specific jobs. I even loved many of the part-time jobs I had while going to school because they involved photography, which I enjoy and even considered as a career..
What about you? Do you love your career? Do you love your job? If not, why do you stick with it? What “passions” would be part of your fantasy jobs? What have you observed among people around you?
It has been a while since we talked about or vented about our jobs. Let’s talk about that. Also, what about our respective professions, industries and workplaces. Any changes there ? Any impacts from the election, favorable or unfavorable ? Did anyone make changes that worked out or not career wise?
by Grace aka costofcollege
Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat
New data show that, in certain medical fields, large majorities of physicians tend to share the political leanings of their colleagues, and a study suggests ideology could affect some treatment recommendations. In surgery, anesthesiology and urology, for example, around two-thirds of doctors who have registered a political affiliation are Republicans. In infectious disease medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics, more than two-thirds are Democrats.
The author suggests that salary and gender play a role in the political leanings of doctors.
Here’s another measure of politics and occupations that is based on political contributions.
Democratic vs. Republican occupations
Most librarians are Democrats. Most farmers are Republicans.
As a group, doctors are in the middle, though pediatricians lean left and urologists right
Do you see these trends among people you know? Do you fit in with any overall political orientation among your colleagues, or do you usually feel out of place? What about with your neighbors, friends, and relatives? Do you talk politics in real life?
When does it make sense to work for free? I have a 24 year old daughter starting out in digital marketing and a friend at a start up asked her if she would create and manage their social media program for free. I told her that she should go for it – great experience, resume builder, and opportunity for good references. Plus, if it’s not a great experience – or you get a paid job offer – you can just resign (they’re not paying you!)
I wonder what group’s advice would be – I know several senior finance execs who got laid off in tough market and were out for several years. Coming back and working for free at a small financial boutique is a way to get back in the game, prove yourself and demonstrate your value. Several ended up impressing the CEO to such a degree that they ended up getting hired by the firm.
by Grace aka costofcollege
The best jobs for balancing work and life
It’s a little counterintuitive that the jobs that are most compatible with a happy family life are also jobs that require a serious education in math and science, ones that some might even see as traditionally male positions.
What do you think?
One profession that seems unrepresented in here is teachers. Some of us have parents, sibs, or spouses who are, or were, teachers, but I can’t think of any regulars here who are.
Why today’s college students don’t want to be teachers
Are any of your kids thinking about teaching? Would you encourage that? Why, or why not?
by Grace aka costofcollege
When asked how she ended up as White House press secretary, Dana Perino explained that her career began with an unlikely job.
Well, it started with a job as an overnight country music DJ in southern Colorado. The truth is, there’s no clear path. Everything I did — taking lots of risks, getting over my fears — led me to be the right press secretary at the right time.
Many careers take a winding path. My first job out of college was in the dusty oil fields of West Texas, and my last job was amid the skyscrapers of Wall Street. I’m both delighted and nervous to observe the unlikely paths of my children’s careers, As happens in many cases, the jobs they have now were not on their radar screen until very recently.
Has your career followed a straight and narrow path, or a crooked and winding one? What do you observe around you? What do you see or expect for your children? What relevant career advice would you like to share?
Also notice that Perino’s big job required her to sacrifice work-life balance.
Q: How did you maintain a healthy work-life balance when you were working in the White House?
A: I didn’t. I ate little, slept terribly and was susceptible to migraines. But I got through it. I think it helped that there was an end date, so I could give my all for those days, knowing the best opportunity of my life wasn’t going to last forever.
This article has Totebag written all over it — education, STEM, social skills, etc. Discuss!
Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work
by Rocky Mountain Stepmom
The Sure Thing
How entrepreneurs really succeed.
It’s from a few years ago, and it’s by Malcolm Gladwell, so presumably
Milo will hate it. But it’s an interesting article about how
entrepreneurs succeed. Are there lessons for our kids? For us?
by Sheep Farmer
The many different ways people make a living fascinates me. Most of us who read the Totebag have predictable jobs-lawyers, professors, engineers, etc,, but what I find interesting are the unique ways that people have found to make a living. For example, DH has a friend who is an apiarist. He makes his money not only from selling the honey and the beeswax. but also from selling bees to those who want to start their own hives. DD has a classmate whose dad has a business making large fiberglass sculptures for theme parks and other road side attractions. Totebaggers, what jobs do your friends and family have that you find most interesting? Do any of you have any unusual business ideas that you hope one day to pursue?
by Grace aka costofcollege
What are the benefits of business travel?
A lifetime supply of hotel shampoo may be one benefit, but what else? Chances to travel to places you would otherwise never go? (That could mean Paris or Peoria.) A break in the office routine? (Too many breaks can be stressful.) The ability to build up mileage and the associated perks? (Even deluxe airport lounges can’t make up for too much time away from family.)
My perfect travel schedule would probably be one trip about every other month, planned well in advance, to destinations that have attractions above and beyond mundane office parks.
Do you like business travel, or hate it? Do you travel much in your present job? What would be your ideal work travel pattern? Tell us your best and worst travel stories.
Building Your Career: Based on Fear?
I found that I gained confidence and credibility in my job once I was no longer afraid of being fired. This fear had stayed with me for the first 10 years of my career (and I had been fired more than once!). I like to think that I can see the fear behind others’ business developments efforts, perhaps in their going to as many events as possible, or over-billing for tiny tasks, or in the slightly desperate air that comes from using someone’s name 30 times in a half-hour conversation.
Totebaggers, do you feel that your career-building efforts, whether marketing, networking, or doing your job tasks as well as possible (or for some of us, as well as possible based on unit of effort) are based on fear? Or is what you do to further yourself in your career based on personal pride, type-A outdoing yourself or others, or, as the book says, “love”?
by Honolulu Mother
This was an interesting read, despite the provocative title:
Should You Bring Your Unborn Baby to Work?
We’ve discussed maternity/paternity leave before, but this one focuses on the question of taking time off or going to lighter duties in late pregnancy.