Whoa: Stunning data on class of 2015 employment

By Meris Stansbury
June 16th, 2016


New report shows majority of 2015 class are employed; especially for those in one specific area of study.

In the echoes of poor employment rates upon graduation that have spurred colleges and universities to reimagine and reinvest how they help their graduates enter into a career, a new report on the class of 2015 may just signal the light at the end of a turbulent storm.

According to a new report released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a majority of the class of 2015 are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, far outpacing 2014’s graduates.

The report, Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, based on a national survey of 279 colleges and universities nation-wide (representing nearly half a million graduates), aims to provide clear, concise and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale. Data included that of 2015 graduates that had an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Overall, data was reported for nearly 244,000 bachelor’s degree graduates in 34 broad disciplines and 185 majors, making this study the most comprehensive view of bachelor’s degree outcomes available, said NACE in a press release.

The class of 2015 report also revealed another finding—one that could be surmised from a science boom and push throughout the U.S., but finally has concrete backing: Graduates studying the computer sciences enjoyed the highest full-time employment rate at 76 percent.

However, employment rates for Engineering dropped compared to the class of 2014 (see page 2).

“The second annual First-Destination Survey provides an early look at the future of America’s workforce and the future is bright for the Class of 2015,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, in a statement. “We are glad to include even more graduates in the survey this year. The outcomes for individual classes are important, but the survey will continue to reveal meaningful trends over time, which will be especially significant for public policy makers, business and industry leaders, the higher education community, and all those focused on the value of higher education and a competitive and innovative U.S. labor force.”

(Next page: 6 more stunning facts on the class of 2015’s employment) 

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