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Earnings of postsecondary graduates by detailed field of study

This Economic Insights article documents age‘adjusted mean earnings by detailed field of study among 25‘ to 54‘year‘old university and college graduates who worked full year, full time in 2010. The data are drawn from the 2011 National Household Survey. The results suggest that management sciences and quantitative methods graduates were the top earners among male and female bachelor’s degree holders in 2010. The study also finds that earnings vary considerably among graduates from specific fields of study that are typically grouped together (e.g. economics graduates earn more than graduates from other social science programs, such as sociology and psychology).