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How those working in STEM, business, and sales found work after college

Adam Ross Nelson
5 min readJun 1

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This article summarizes and compares how those working in STEM, business, and sales found work after college graduation based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s (US DOE’s) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) nationally representative sample survey of students known as the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B).

A similar article looked at the experiences across all professional fields but broken out by gender: “ Where the Data Say Job Seekers Get Hired .” For more background on these data and the DataLab platform read: “ US Department of Education’s DataLab: A Data Scientist’s Guide .”

If you are job searching in data science be sure to consider a close look at the details that show the experience of those working in Science Technology Engineering and Math. The information about those working in business and sales can also provide you with important context.

In the simplest terms, the folks behind B&B wanted to gather lots of information about the school and jobs of people who finished a four-year college degree. The goal is to understand how going to college affects people’s lives, especially when it comes to jobs, more schooling, and other important life stuff.

B&B follows the same group of people over time. This lets researchers see changes and connections between different things over many years. They usually keep an eye on people for about 10 years after they finish college.

B&B uses talks and questionnaires to get data. They ask about a lot of things, like school and job history, how much money people make, family details, and plans for more schooling.

Results For STEM Workers

These results show how job seekers found their work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) roles:

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