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PEDAR: Executive Summary From Bachelor's Degree To Work
Introduction
Field of Study
1997 Employment Status and Occupation
Full-Time Salaries
Job Benefits and Job Satisfaction
Gender Differences
Research Methodology
References
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Job Benefits and Job Satisfaction


With respect to their job held in April 1997, engineering majors reported very favorable outcomes and were generally very satisfied with their employment. For example, engineering was the only field in which graduates were more likely than all graduates to report that their job both required a degree and had definite career potential (54 versus 38 percent). Engineering majors also were more likely than all graduates to report that their jobs provided health insurance, paid vacations, retirement benefits, family leave, and outside job training. Computer science majors also fared well with respect to job benefits: they were more likely than all graduates to report receiving health insurance benefits, paid sick leave, paid vacation, retirement, and family leave benefits. In contrast, humanities and arts majors were less likely than all graduates to report receiving any of the benefits reported in the survey, while education majors were less likely to report working in jobs that provided paid vacations.

Few differences were found across fields of study with respect to measures of job satisfaction. Engineering majors and health (other than nursing) majors were more likely than all graduates to report being very satisfied with pay. Conversely, education and humanities and arts majors were less likely to be very satisfied with pay. Engineering was the only field in which majors were more likely than all graduates to report high satisfaction with co-workers, while computer science was the only field in which majors reported high satisfaction with working conditions more often than all graduates. Finally, education was the only field in which majors were more likely than all graduates to report being very satisfied with the challenge the job offered.


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