Compared to students who earn an academic credential, a higher proportion of students who earn an occupational credential were employed in 2009. Among employed completers, a higher proportion of those with an occupational credential report working in a job related to their field of study, compared to those with an academic credential.
|Figure 2. Employment rate and percentage of workers who were employed in a job related to their field of study, among 2003–04 beginning postsecondary students who earned an occupational or academic credential: 2009|
NOTE: Standard errors for estimates can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ctes/tables/B03.asp. Occupational credentials are credentials in the fields of agriculture and natural resources; business management and support; communications and communication technologies; computer and information sciences; construction; consumer services; education; engineering and architecture; health sciences; manufacturing; marketing; protective services; public, legal, and social services; repair and transportation; and visual and performing arts. Academic credentials are credentials in the fields of natural sciences and science technologies; English/letters; foreign languages; general studies and liberal arts; interdisciplinary studies; mathematics; philosophy, theology, and religious studies; and social sciences and history. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-up (BPS:04/09).