College graduates with degrees in nursing or other health fields reported higher than average full-time salaries for their April 1994 job, compared with all graduates ($34,194 and $35,515, respectively, versus $26,464).6 The same applied to those who had majored in either engineering ($32,217) or business ($29,017). In contrast, education majors had lower than average 1994 full-time salaries ($20,443),7 as did those with majors in social work/protective services ($21,328), communications/ journalism ($22,170), humanities and arts ($22,359), and social sciences ($23,166).
In 1997, with a few exceptions, similar salary patterns emerged. The exceptions were computer science majors who earned a substantially higher than average 1997 salary ($44,624 versus $34,310), and biological science majors who earned a lower than average salary ($28,760). In addition, communications/ journalism majors no longer earned lower than average salaries in 1997. For education majors, graduates not only reported lower than average salaries in both 1994 and 1997 but also experienced lower rates of salary increase than did all graduates.