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Table H108. Among 2004 public high school graduates who did not enroll in postsecondary education but worked for pay within the first 2 years after high school graduation, percentage currently working full time and average hourly wage for their current job, by occupational concentrator status, area of concentration, and number of occupational credits earned in high school: 2006
Occupational concentrator status,1 area of
concentration, and number of occupational credits
Percent working full time2   Average hourly wage3
Pct. 95% CI   Amt. 95% CI
All graduates 63.7 [61.0–66.3]   $9.70 [$9.40–$10.00]
2-credit concentrator          
Nonconcentrators 60.0 [56.2–63.8]   9.61 [9.20–10.00]
Occupational concentrators 69.1 [65.3–72.9]   9.83 [9.50–10.20]
Agriculture and natural resources 75.0 [66.0–84.0]   9.74 [9.00–10.50]
Business 57.8 [48.3–67.3]   8.99 [8.10–9.90]
Communications and design 59.3 [44.8–73.8]   9.50 [8.10–10.90]
Computer and information sciences 62.6 [41.0–84.2]   9.17 [7.70–10.60]
Construction and architecture 84.9 [74.8–95.0]   10.83 [9.60–12.10]
Consumer and culinary services 54.6 [41.4–67.9]   9.19 [8.20–10.20]
Engineering technologies 77.3 [61.3–93.3]   9.64 [8.50–10.80]
Health sciences 53.0 [35.0–71.0]   [†]
Manufacturing 74.5 [64.4–84.7]   11.09 [10.00–12.20]
Marketing 72.9 [54.6–91.1]   9.55 [8.00–11.10]
Public services [†]   [†]
Repair and transportation 82.2 [74.5–89.9]   10.06 [9.30–10.80]
3-credit concentrator          
Nonconcentrators 62.1 [58.9–65.3]   9.59 [9.20–9.90]
Occupational concentrators 68.8 [63.8–73.8]   10.04 [9.60–10.50]
Agriculture and natural resources 77.4 [63.6–91.2]   9.66 [8.90–10.40]
Business 57.9 [40.9–74.9]   9.23 [7.70–10.80]
Communications and design [†]   [†]
Computer and information sciences [†]   [†]
Construction and architecture 89.4 [79.6–99.2]   10.70 [9.20–12.20]
Consumer and culinary services 50.0 [35.3–64.7]   9.46 [7.80–11.10]
Engineering technologies [†]   [†]
Health sciences [†]   [†]
Manufacturing 75.1 [62.2–87.9]   11.04 [9.20–12.90]
Marketing [†]   [†]
Public services [†]   [†]
Repair and transportation 79.4 [68.8–90.0]   9.66 [8.90–10.40]
Number of occupational credits          
0.00–1.99 credits 59.9 [55.0–64.8]   9.46 [8.90–10.00]
2.00–3.99 credits 62.1 [57.2–67.0]   9.83 [9.30–10.40]
4.00 or more credits 69.8 [65.7–73.8]   9.84 [9.40–10.30]
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The 2- and 3-credit occupational concentrators are graduates who earned at least 2.0 and 3.0 credits, respectively, in one of the 12 occupational areas listed in the table. Graduates can concentrate in more than one occupational area.
2 Worked 35 hours or more per week.
3 Graduates who earned less than $2.00 or more than $30.00 hourly in their 2006 job (about 2 percent) were excluded.
NOTE: See the Technical Notes for the definition of 95% CI (confidence interval).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), “Second Follow-up, 2006” and High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2004.

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