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Table 392. Percentage distribution of 1999–2000 bachelor's degree recipients 1 year after graduation, by field of study, time to completion, enrollment status, employment status, occupational area, job characteristics, and annual salaries: 2001
Status All fields
of study
Professional/technical fields Arts and sciences
Business and management Education Engineering Health professions Public
affairs and social services
Biological sciences Mathematics and physical sciences Social sciences History Humanities Psychology Other fields
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 1999–2000 graduates 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Time between high school graduation and degree completion                                                    
4 years or less 32.7 (0.79) 28.2 (1.72) 25.6 (1.80) 23.0 (2.26) 26.2 (2.05) 27.6 (2.58) 44.5 (2.40) 32.5 (2.42) 44.7 (2.37) 42.5 (4.42) 38.1 (2.07) 42.8 (2.37) 31.3 (1.55)
More than 4, up to 5 years 22.9 (0.59) 19.7 (1.40) 25.8 (1.67) 32.4 (2.49) 21.5 (1.75) 23.1 (2.70) 24.6 (2.27) 22.2 (2.00) 22.1 (1.98) 18.3 (2.95) 20.2 (1.50) 18.4 (1.86) 26.3 (1.38)
More than 5, up to 6 years 10.8 (0.48) 10.0 (1.14) 14.2 (1.14) 15.3 (1.14) 11.1 (1.14) 9.1 (1.14) 6.5 (1.14) 11.8 (1.14) 9.5 (1.14) 7.4 (1.14) 11.6 (1.14) 8.5 (1.14) 11.2 (1.14)
More than 6, up to 10 years 14.8 (0.56) 15.3 (1.49) 15.7 (1.66) 15.4 (2.13) 14.9 (1.59) 15.7 (2.93) 16.6 (2.18) 15.0 (2.06) 11.5 (1.43) 12.3 (2.74) 15.4 (1.55) 14.0 (1.78) 14.3 (1.40)
More than 10 years 18.9 (0.62) 26.8 (1.78) 18.6 (1.79) 13.9 (1.81) 26.3 (1.77) 24.6 (2.71) 7.8 (1.44) 18.4 (2.13) 12.2 (1.52) 19.5 (3.47) 14.8 (1.45) 16.4 (1.92) 17.0 (1.45)
                                                     
Enrollment status                                                    
Enrolled full time 14.2 (0.49) 7.0 (0.91) 6.8 (1.00) 9.7 (1.47) 16.4 (1.35) 11.5 (1.86) 41.5 (2.79) 17.2 (2.00) 23.9 (2.00) 16.7 (2.48) 14.7 (1.24) 23.3 (2.02) 11.1 (0.97)
Enrolled part time 6.5 (0.31) 5.4 (0.80) 11.2 (1.15) 8.9 (1.55) 5.6 (1.00) 7.6 (1.76) 4.0 (0.92) 7.2 (1.40) 4.7 (0.90) 12.2 (3.20) 6.5 (0.94) 7.7 (1.15) 5.0 (0.72)
Not enrolled 79.4 (0.54) 87.6 (1.09) 82.0 (1.45) 81.4 (2.03) 78.1 (1.62) 80.9 (2.34) 54.6 (2.73) 75.6 (2.38) 71.5 (2.14) 71.1 (3.67) 78.9 (1.53) 69.0 (2.13) 83.9 (1.18)
                                                     
Employment status                                                    
Employed 87.4 (0.44) 91.8 (1.05) 93.9 (0.91) 93.0 (1.39) 88.5 (1.25) 90.9 (1.90) 70.2 (2.49) 88.4 (1.59) 81.2 (1.70) 88.7 (2.27) 85.2 (1.49) 80.8 (1.97) 87.0 (1.02)
Full time 76.5 (0.54) 85.5 (1.29) 84.0 (1.44) 86.0 (1.78) 74.8 (1.67) 85.1 (2.21) 52.6 (2.78) 80.7 (2.02) 66.0 (2.18) 76.8 (2.99) 67.5 (1.83) 64.0 (2.50) 78.6 (1.27)
Part time 10.9 (0.42) 6.2 (0.90) 9.8 (1.15) 6.9 (1.23) 13.7 (1.29) 5.8 (1.23) 17.6 (1.88) 7.7 (1.23) 15.2 (1.71) 11.9 (2.11) 17.7 (1.55) 16.8 (1.92) 8.4 (0.86)
Unemployed1  6.2 (0.33) 5.4 (0.90) 2.2 (0.49) 4.4 (1.06) 4.9 (0.90) 4.9 (1.32) 6.7 (1.31) 4.4 (1.06) 7.8 (1.08) 5.5 (1.80) 8.1 (1.07) 9.8 (1.58) 7.8 (0.78)
Not in labor force2  6.4 (0.32) 2.9 (0.59) 4.0 (0.74) 2.7 (0.83) 6.6 (0.89) 4.2 (1.04) 23.2 (2.26) 7.3 (1.26) 11.0 (1.40) 5.8 (1.47) 6.7 (0.93) 9.5 (1.38) 5.2 (0.74)
                                                     
Unemployment rate3  4.0 (0.33) 2.9 (0.65) 2.6 (1.38) 2.9 (0.86) 3.1 (0.78) 3.5 (1.01) 8.6 (2.08) 2.8 (1.09) 6.1 (1.25) 7.2 (2.06) 4.9 (1.02) 3.9 (0.92) 3.9 (0.69)
Total employed 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Occupation                                                    
Business management 25.3 (0.57) 55.4 (1.78) 4.2 (0.83) 11.1 (1.85) 10.8 (1.37) 19.0 (2.68) 15.2 (2.12) 14.6 (2.17) 33.7 (2.07) 22.5 (4.14) 18.1 (1.65) 19.8 (2.24) 22.9 (1.51)
Education 18.1 (0.56) 3.2 (0.65) 81.9 (1.67) 3.0 (1.01) 7.6 (1.08) 11.0 (2.69) 12.6 (1.91) 11.7 (1.90) 13.5 (1.69) 24.0 (3.90) 24.5 (1.72) 21.9 (2.36) 14.2 (1.26)
Engineering 4.8 (0.31) 1.2 (0.33) # (†) 53.0 (3.11) # (†) 0.7 (0.47) 1.2 (0.81) 9.2 (1.40) 0.5 (0.24) # (†) 0.5 (0.37) # (†) 3.9 (0.76)
Health professions 7.8 (0.38) 1.0 (0.36) 1.6 (0.51) 0.4 (0.30) 61.8 (2.27) 4.3 (1.15) 15.6 (1.96) 2.0 (0.77) 3.4 (0.96) 2.0 (1.97) 1.5 (0.42) 7.9 (1.28) 3.6 (0.67)
Other profession4  11.2 (0.42) 2.3 (0.51) 1.5 (0.37) 13.5 (2.08) 5.7 (1.06) 26.7 (2.78) 32.7 (2.82) 16.7 (1.82) 15.2 (1.78) 9.1 (2.34) 10.8 (1.28) 21.2 (2.09) 14.7 (1.19)
Computer science/programming 6.8 (0.37) 9.0 (1.05) 1.2 (0.41) 10.1 (1.93) 0.8 (0.33) 2.3 (1.00) 2.3 (0.70) 35.9 (2.42) 4.9 (1.22) 1.8 (0.97) 5.4 (0.99) 2.1 (0.73) 4.8 (0.94)
Administrative/clerical/support 5.4 (0.33) 5.7 (0.91) 3.5 (0.74) 1.6 (0.60) 2.8 (0.70) 5.1 (1.30) 5.0 (1.40) 3.0 (0.82) 8.8 (1.27) 7.6 (2.15) 8.6 (1.05) 5.9 (1.39) 5.1 (0.73)
Mechanic/operator/laborer 3.3 (0.27) 3.8 (0.78) 1.1 (0.41) 3.6 (1.08) 2.0 (0.74) 2.0 (0.96) 6.1 (1.72) 1.8 (0.68) 1.2 (0.57) 8.3 (2.47) 4.7 (0.85) 2.0 (1.01) 4.8 (0.75)
Sales 6.8 (0.38) 12.2 (1.21) 1.0 (0.45) 1.3 (0.53) 2.9 (0.69) 2.2 (0.79) 3.3 (1.08) 2.0 (0.96) 4.0 (0.91) 11.1 (2.44) 6.8 (1.07) 4.3 (0.93) 12.3 (1.13)
Service 8.1 (0.41) 5.1 (0.83) 3.3 (0.86) 1.7 (0.57) 4.4 (1.05) 5.4 (1.61) 5.0 (1.09) 1.5 (0.54) 11.1 (1.75) 12.2 (2.84) 18.5 (1.60) 11.3 (1.74) 10.7 (1.15)
Military/protective service 2.4 (0.24) 1.2 (0.41) 0.8 (0.47) 0.6 (0.36) 1.2 (0.47) 21.5 (2.89) 1.0 (0.47) 1.7 (0.62) 3.6 (0.81) 1.5 (0.88) 0.6 (0.29) 3.5 (1.02) 2.9 (0.64)
                                                     
Job characteristics                                                    
Job is start of career 71.4 (0.67) 75.7 (1.60) 86.6 (1.41) 89.1 (1.61) 73.4 (1.88) 75.8 (2.62) 60.0 (3.28) 76.3 (2.37) 62.4 (2.54) 58.9 (4.08) 61.7 (1.98) 56.6 (2.84) 68.1 (1.62)
Job closely related to bachelor's degree 54.0 (0.72) 55.8 (1.66) 82.7 (1.48) 69.3 (2.85) 74.6 (1.95) 59.3 (2.93) 47.1 (3.06) 66.3 (2.62) 29.0 (2.09) 24.8 (3.78) 41.3 (1.95) 35.8 (2.82) 47.0 (2.14)
                                                     
Annual salaries5                                                     
Less than $10,000 1.4 (0.16) 0.4 (0.20) 1.8 (0.57) 0.8 (0.74) 0.6 (0.22) 1.1 (0.58) 1.8 (0.69) 0.8 (0.64) 2.2 (0.70) 3.3 (2.14) 1.8 (0.42) 5.5 (1.48) 1.3 (0.45)
$10,000 to $14,999 2.6 (0.24) 1.0 (0.41) 1.6 (0.42) 0.5 (0.37) 1.3 (0.50) 2.7 (1.44) 4.7 (1.43) 0.7 (0.33) 2.9 (0.79) 2.0 (0.85) 5.4 (0.98) 4.1 (1.24) 3.0 (0.60)
$15,000 to $19,999 5.4 (0.34) 1.8 (0.57) 7.3 (1.14) 1.4 (0.58) 2.8 (0.76) 8.0 (2.16) 9.7 (2.04) 4.2 (1.06) 4.3 (1.03) 8.1 (3.02) 9.1 (1.10) 7.8 (1.85) 7.4 (1.01)
$20,000 to $24,999 11.2 (0.47) 5.7 (0.92) 16.4 (1.76) 1.5 (0.64) 6.4 (1.20) 18.2 (2.74) 13.7 (2.24) 6.6 (1.41) 13.6 (1.79) 11.2 (2.63) 14.7 (1.43) 18.9 (1.99) 15.0 (1.36)
$25,000 to $34,999 36.4 (0.81) 29.3 (1.96) 62.0 (2.18) 5.7 (1.54) 30.2 (2.07) 46.2 (3.38) 37.1 (3.43) 24.7 (2.87) 39.0 (2.77) 47.2 (4.85) 43.3 (2.25) 41.1 (3.12) 37.3 (2.03)
$35,000 to $49,999 28.0 (0.77) 41.1 (2.01) 9.5 (1.24) 44.0 (3.20) 40.3 (2.23) 16.3 (2.39) 25.5 (3.27) 28.3 (2.83) 26.7 (2.41) 26.9 (4.48) 20.2 (1.86) 16.1 (2.38) 24.4 (1.73)
$50,000 to $74,999 12.3 (0.54) 15.9 (1.48) 1.4 (0.59) 43.1 (3.19) 14.7 (1.73) 4.5 (1.38) 5.8 (1.73) 29.5 (2.94) 8.4 (1.58) 1.3 (1.08) 4.9 (1.05) 4.8 (1.22) 9.5 (1.25)
$75,000 or more 2.9 (0.29) 4.9 (0.90) # (†) 3.0 (0.93) 3.8 (0.99) 2.9 (1.44) 1.7 (1.10) 5.2 (1.13) 2.8 (0.86) # (†) 0.7 (0.32) 1.8 (1.13) 2.2 (0.60)
Average annual salary6  $35,408 (316.0) $41,008 (941.2) $27,634 (345.7) $47,931 (790.0) $39,441 (1,089.6) $30,400 (1,054.7) $30,749 (978.4) $42,755 (981.0) $33,892 (916.0) $29,984 (1,053.2) $30,102 (846.5) $28,835 (905.7) $32,780 (627.5)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1 Percent of all persons (including those not in the labor force) who are not working, but are looking for work.
2 Percent not working and not looking for work.
3 Percent of persons in the labor force (excluding those not in the labor force) who are not working, but are looking for work.
4 All other professional occupations excluding business, teaching, engineering, and health.
5 Salaries for those employed full time.
6 Respondents reporting salaries less than $1,000 or more than $500,000 were excluded.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000/01 Baccalaureate and Beyond Lon­gitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01). (This table was prepared September 2003.)

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