Overview

The data in this library comes from the National Survey of Recent College Graduates. Included is information about employment numbers, major information, and the earnings of different majors. Many majors were not available before 2010, so their values have been recorded as 0 (note that this may affect the averages shown in the bar charts).

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/srvyrecentgrads/

Key Descriptions

Key List of... Comment Example Value
Asians int (Integer number) The estimated number of people identifying as Asian that were awarded degrees in this major during this year. 84495
Minorities int (Integer number) The estimated number of people identifying as a minority (e.g., Black, African American, Native American) that were awarded degrees in this major during this year. 115016
Whites int (Integer number) The estimated number of people identifying as White that were awarded degrees in this major during this year. 1094775
Females int (Integer number) The estimated number of women awarded degrees in this major during this year. 551695
Males int (Integer number) The estimated number of women awarded degrees in this major during this year. 743903
Total int (Integer number) The estimated number of people awarded degrees in this major during this year. 1295598
Bachelors int (Integer number) The estimated number of bachelor degrees awarded in this for major during this year. 671374
Doctorates int (Integer number) The estimated number of doctoral degrees awarded in this for major during this year. 90543
Masters int (Integer number) The estimated number of Masters awarded in this for major during this year. 248813
Professionals int (Integer number) The estimated number of professional degrees awarded in this for major during this year. 284869
Major str (Text) The name of the major for these graduated students. "Biological Sciences"
Business/Industry int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year who described their Employer Type as "Business/Industry". 669270
Educational Institution int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year who described their Employer Type as an "Educational Institution". 300468
Government int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year who described their Employer Type as "Government". 121117
Family int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not working because of their family. 45962
Layoff int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not working because they were laid off. 7457
Reason for Not Working.No Job Available int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not working because there was no job available. 14976
No need/want int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not working because they either did not need a job and/or did not want a job. 30989
Student int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not working because they were still a student. 51891
Career Change int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because they wanted a career change. 98112
Family-related int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because of family-related issues. 65619
Job Location int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because of the job location. 90842
Reason Working Outside Field.No Job Available int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because there was no job available in their field. 76598
Reason Working Outside Field.Other int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because of other reasons. 24821
Pay/Promotion int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because of pay or promotion opportunities. 111962
Working Conditions int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are working outside of the field associated with their major, and who did so because of working conditions. 100886
Employed int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are employed. 1090855
Not in Labor Force int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are not in the labor force (e.g., retired, students, those taking care of children). 181940
Unemployed int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who are unemployed. 22803
Accounting/Finance/Contracts int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Accounting, Finance, or Contracts. 793888
Applied Research int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Applied Research. 341238
Basic Research int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Basic Research. 224277
Computer Applications int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Computer Applications. 297235
Design int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Design. 118772
Development int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Development. 191867
Human Resources int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving Human Resources. 365049
Managing/Supervising People/Projects int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving managing or supervising either people or projects. 539430
Work Activity.Other int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving something not involved in any of the other categories. 99749
Productions/Operations/Maintenance int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving productions, operations, or maintenance. 103385
Professional Service int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving professional service. 506252
Qualitity/Productivity Management int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving qualitity or productivity management. 269042
Sales, Purchasing, Marketing int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving sales, purchasing, or marketing. 215169
Teaching int (Integer number) The number of people with a degree in this major during this year, who describe their primary work activity (more than 10% of their time) as involving teaching. 381908
Highest float (Decimal number) The highest recorded salary reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 999999.0
Lowest float (Decimal number) The lowest recorded salary reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 0.0
Mean float (Decimal number) The average (mean) recorded salary reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 160585.73
Median float (Decimal number) The median recorded salary reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 51000.0
Quantity int (Integer number) The number of salaries reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 13432
Standard Deviation float (Decimal number) The standard deviation (which gives the amount of variance) of salaries reported for employed people with this degree during this year. 297818.25
Year int (Integer number) The year that this report was made for. 1993


Key List of... Comment Example Value
Major str (Text) The name of the major for these graduated students. "Biological Sciences"
Year str (Text) The year that this report was made for. "1993"