More Workers Earning Graduate College Degrees, Earnings

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 12:00 am  

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of adults who finished some graduate school rose 24 percent from 2008 to 2013, increasing from 29 million to 36 million.

The accompanying graphic shows median annual earnings by field, based on data collected in the bureau’s American Community Survey in 2011.

Business is the most popular degree field, followed by education, though, as the graphic shows, science and engineering-related fields tended to be the most lucrative.

Those whose highest degree was a bachelor’s tended to earn more as wage and salary workers than as self-employed workers. That pattern did not consistently hold for those with advanced degrees.



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