The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the most recent wave of data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) series of data collection. The findings presented in the report provide insight into employment outcomes for 2007-08 bachelor’s degree recipients.
Administered in 2012, the second follow-up of the Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B), a nationally representative longitudinal sample survey of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree during the 2007 --08 academic year, “allows researchers to address questions regarding bachelor’s degree recipients’ undergraduate experiences, including their participation in various financial aid programs, undergraduate debt, and repayment of that debt; entrance into and progress through postbaccalaureate education; and employment, particularly for graduates who became elementary/secondary teachers.”
The report released this week is meant to be a descriptive preview of the newest round of data, as opposed to an analysis inferring causality. The authors of the report acknowledge that the complicated nature of the data and the potential interactions between variables have not been explored as of yet. Regardless of the descriptive nature of the report, the findings are informative and provide a deeper look into post-undergraduate employment outcomes.
Some of the key findings from the B&B:08/12 include:
• Four years after graduating in 2007---08, some 54 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients were unmarried with no dependent children, and 21 percent were married with no dependent children. Five percent were unmarried with dependent children, and another 20 percent were married with dependent children.
• Eleven percent of 2007---08 bachelor’s degree recipients were combining employment and additional postsecondary enrollment in 2012, some 6 percent were exclusively enrolled, 69 percent were exclusively employed, 7 percent were unemployed (looking for work), and 8 percent were out of the labor force (not looking for work).
• Four years after graduation, 83 percent of graduates who were not enrolled were employed. Of those, about 85 percent worked in one full-time job, 8 percent worked in one part-time job, and 8 percent had multiple jobs.
• Among graduates who were not enrolled in 2012, some 87 percent of those who majored in health care fields as undergraduates were employed, and of those 76 percent worked in one full-time job, 14 percent in one part-time job, and 10 percent in multiple jobs.
• Among graduates who were not enrolled in 2012, some 78 percent of those who majored in social science fields as undergraduates were employed, and of those 84 percent worked in one full-time job, 8 percent in one part-time job, and 8 percent in multiple jobs.
• On average, 2007---08 graduates who had never enrolled in additional postsecondary degree programs after earning their bachelor’s degree had held two jobs in the 4 years since graduation. Thirty-nine and 34 percent had held one or two jobs, respectively. Sixteen percent had held three jobs, and the remaining 11 percent had held four or more jobs.
• On average, graduates who had not enrolled after earning their bachelor’s degree were employed for about 84 percent of the months that elapsed between their graduation in 2007---08 and the second follow-up study in 2012. Some 6 percent of the time between graduation and the second follow-up study, on average, was spent unemployed, and the remaining 10 percent was spent out of the labor force.