EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — August 27, 2014

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Underemployment of College Majors



Today's EPIGraph comes courtesy of the Washington Post, which featured the above graphic based on a survey by PayScale. Based on 68,000 participants, the chart illustrates majors where respondents felt they were either most underemployed or least underemployed. The findings are striking. Those individuals who felt the least underemployed were almost exclusively STEM occupations, including Engineering (6 of the top 10 positions), physics, geology, and mathematics. Law was the only non-STEM category on the list.

Conversely, the most undermployed majors were typical liberal arts disciplines, with the exception of business management and health care administration. The Washington Post cited poor pay as a major reason that people thought they were underemployed.

SOURCE: Ingraham, Christopher (2014, August 26). "The College Majors Most and Least Likely to Lead to Underemployment." Wonkbook. Washington, DC: The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/26/the-college-majors-most-and-least-likely-to-lead-to-underemployment/?wpisrc=nl-wnkpm&wpmm=1.