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Table 391. Full-time employment status of bachelor's degree recipients 1 year after graduation, by field of study: Selected years, 1976 through 2001
Field of study Percent employed full time Percent employed full time in a job closely related to field of study
1974–75 graduates in May 1976 1979–80 graduates in May 1981 1983–84 graduates in June 1985 1985–86 graduates in June 1987 1989–90 graduates in June 1991 1999–2000
graduates in July 2001
1974–75 graduates in May 1976 1979–80 graduates in May 1981 1983–84 graduates in June 1985 1985–86 graduates in June 1987 1989–90 graduates in June 1991 1999–2000
graduates in July
2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Total 67 71 73 74 74 84 (0.6) 35 38 38 38 39 52 (0.8)
Professional/technical fields 77 80 82 81 80 88 (0.8) 51 51 47 47 48 63 (1.3)
Arts and sciences fields 56 56 56 62 64 77 (1.1) 18 17 15 25 26 39 (1.3)
Other 65 74 75 74 73 88 (1.2) 36 43 47 36 38 45 (2.2)
Newly qualified to teach 66 75 73 68 74 82 (1.0) 43 56 54 47 58 44 (1.3)
                             
Not newly qualified to teach 67 71 73 74 73 86 (0.7) 33 36 36 37 36 56 (1.1)
Professional/technical fields 80 81 82 82 83 89 (0.9) 52 49 47 47 48 66 (1.5)
Engineering 79 84 84 83 84 87 (2.3) 57 55 53 46 50 71 (3.3)
Business and management 84 83 85 85 83 93 (1.2) 49 44 41 40 42 62 (2.3)
Health 75 77 75 76 86 84 (1.7) 71 66 70 65 83 81 (2.3)
Education1  66 67 63 73 67 81 (6.9) 22 29 24 57 39 30 (9.2)
Public affairs and services 77 74 72 66 87 (2.8) 46 31 37 49 58 (4.6)
                             
Arts and sciences fields 57 56 56 63 64 77 (1.5) 17 16 15 25 23 42 (1.8)
Biological sciences 56 45 43 42 50 66 (3.9) 26 18 17 15 26 47 (5.0)
Physical sciences and mathematics2  50 58 51 76 72 89 (2.3) 19 29 20 48 48 66 (3.4)
Psychology 61 56 57 66 59 80 (3.2) 22 17 12 22 22 37 (4.5)
Social sciences 59 61 61 61 68 76 (2.8) 12 10 13 12 16 25 (3.1)
Humanities 56 55 59 59 59 72 (3.5) 12 14 17 19 11 41 (3.9)
                             
Other 68 75 77 75 73 89 (1.5) 36 43 42 36 37 48 (2.8)
Communications 71 76 77 75 (†) 31 31 33 29 (†)
Miscellaneous 66 76 77 74 73 (†) 35 46 46 38 38 (†)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Includes those who have not finished all requirements for teaching certification or were previously qualified to teach.
2 Includes computer sciences.
NOTE: Data are from sample surveys of recent college graduates. Notes on methodology are included in the Guide to Sources. Data exclude bachelor's recipients from U.S. Service Academies, deceased graduates, and graduates living at foreign addresses at the time of the survey. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Standard error values are not available for all years.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Recent College Graduates" surveys, 1976 through 1991; and 2000/01 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01). (This table was prepared September 2003.)

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