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Do men have more good jobs than women? What are the wages of good jobs in different industries and occupations? What role does education play in having a good job? Find answers to all these questions and more here: #GoodJobsData

Workers with a bachelor’s degree earn 84% more over their lifetime than those with no more than a high school diploma. Read more:

The number of good jobs for associate’s degree holders increased from 3.8M in 1991 to nearly 7.5M in 2016. Learn more about the distribution of good jobs by education level here: #GoodJobsData

According to CEW Chief Economist Nicole Smith, bachelor’s degree holders tend to land jobs with less turnover than workers with no more than a high school diploma. Read more:

Check out “Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce,” with CEW State Initiative Director Neil Ridley discussing the manufacturing industry from the 1940s through today and how the workforce has changed. Listen here:

In 2016, men had over 11M more good jobs than women. Explore disparities in good jobs here: #GoodJobsData

“Whether it’s a boom or a slump, you’re going to find that some people are mismatched,” CEW Chief Economist Nicole Smith said about bachelor’s degree holders being underemployed. Read more:

A surprising number of jobs are available for workers with less education than a bachelor’s degree—but they still require some skills and education beyond high school. Read more from Dr. Carnevale:

Before deciding to a college, students should identify career interests and consider ways to save on tuition dollars, such as by attending public #highered institutions. Learn more:

10 College Majors With the Best Starting Salaries

In this article for U.S. News and World Report, Darian Somers and Josh Moody list the fields of study that lead to the highest starting salaries. Somers and Moody cite CEW report “The College Payoff.”


Half of Student Loan Borrowers Worry They’ll Be in Debt Forever, Study Finds

In this CNBC article, Annie Nova writes about the exponential growth of student debt and the subsequent fears of student borrowers. Nova cites the CEW report “The Economic Value of College Majors.”


The only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college.

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor