The Center on Education and the Workforce strives to better articulate links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. We conduct research in three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand: jobs, skills, and people. To that end, we divide our research into the following:


African Americans: College Majors and Earnings

African American Majors: Earnings vary greatly among college majors. While college access has increased among African Americans, they are overrepresented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs. African Americans: College Majors and Earnings shows that African Americans, who represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, are underrepresented in the number of college majors associated with the fastest growing, highest-paying occupations.

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Pennsylvania: Degrees of Value

This report on Pennsylvania’s 14-university State System, which serves more than 100,000 students, shows a 10-percent increase in the number of Bachelor’s degrees awarded between 2009 and 2014. The analysis reveals that the majors leading to the highest earnings for college-educated workers in the state are in areas related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); health; and business—which together account for more than one-third of State System graduates.

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Six Million Missing Jobs

Six Million Missing Jobs: The Lingering Pain of the Great Recession shows that the effects of the Great Recession still linger in the form of 6.4 million jobs that were not created, including 3 million college jobs.

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Ranking Your College

Ranking Your College: Where You Go and What You Make provides students and families with a list of colleges with the highest earnings potential. The rankings correct for differences in earnings among the schools, including majors, student’s academic preparation before starting college and the likelihood of graduate degree attainment.

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Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025

By 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require education and training beyond high school – 3 percentage points above the national average of 65 percent.

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Learning While Earning: The New Normal

Learning While Earning: The New Normal finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled.

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Hispanics: College Majors and Earnings

Which majors are popular for Hispanics around the country and what are their respective annual earnings? Majors are not perfectly aligned with occupations, but they do determine lifetime earnings. Today a college education is the gateway to the middle class. Hispanics who have not had access to economic resources over generations receive the most benefit from earning a Bachelor’s degree as their lifetime earnings increases.

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Good Jobs Are Back

Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates Are First in Line analyzes the production of jobs since 2010 and defines the components of a good job. These jobs pay $53,000 or more and tend to be full-time with lucrative benefits such as retirement and healthcare. The study finds that of the 6.6 million jobs created since 2010, 2.9 million were good jobs. Only 100,000 of those jobs were filled by people with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

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The Economic Value of College Majors

The Economic Value of College Majors

The Economic Value of College Majors uses Census Data to analyze wages for 137 college majors to detail the most popular college majors, the majors that are most likely to lead to an advanced degree, and the economic benefit of earning an advanced degree by undergraduate major.

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The Economy Goes to College

The report analyzes long-terms changes in how goods and services are produced. The report finds that college-educated workers now produce more than half of the nation’s annual economic value.

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