WASHINGTON – What you study – math and science are a plus – seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.
The survey of the class of 2008, by the National Center for Education Statistics, provides an interesting snapshot of the nation’s educated elite following a crushing economic recession: Overall, college grads reported lower unemployment rates compared with the national average, although black and Asian college graduates were twice as likely to be out of work as their white classmates. College grads from private four-year schools earned about the same as those from public four-year schools, about $50,000 a year.
But while a paltry 16 percent of students took home degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, or STEM disciplines, those who did were paid significantly better – averaging $65,000 a year compared with $49,500 of graduates of other degrees.
Is your degree math/science related? How about your kid's degrees?