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Fall 2006 Vol. 50, Number 3

The 2004-14 job outlook for college graduates

The more education you have, the greater your career options will be. If high earnings or many job openings are a priority, you’ll need to learn which occupations have the best prospects.

Getting a college degree takes years of study. Will that effort pay off in the job market?

It probably will, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Bright prospects are expected to continue for college graduates, especially for those who prepare for careers with lots of job openings. Data consistently show that, on average, college graduates earn more money, experience less unemployment, and have a wider variety of career options than other workers do. 

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of having a college degree and the expected demand for college graduates. Find out which occupations are projected to offer the most job openings for graduates who are entering them for the first time. And learn about the difficulties of measuring the demand for college graduates and the strengths and limitations of this study’s methods. 

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Last Updated: February 15, 2007