Monday, October 6, 2014

Earning Potential Graduates in Different Areas of Study


I have a researcher who is analyzing earnings potential for graduates of different fields/faculties in Canada. Required is data on: relative earnings, fields of study when in post-secondary, number of years beyond the completed degree.

We have considered Census & NHS, Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs (TLAC), and National Graduates Survey (NGS) resources, but we haven’t been able to bring together her three criteria yet. (The sticking point is likely to do with the establishing a length of time beyond a completed degree and income from work in a field related to it…! Not an easy thing to isolate..)

Can anyone recommend a resource that would help in this area? Our next stop is policy from arms-length PSE agencies like MPHEC and HEQCO, but I expect to find reports more than anything else from there. Any input you have would be well appreciated.


I take it the two year interval: 2005 to 2007, not provide enough information from the National Graduate Survey 2005? I think the master file gives a better breakdown of the instructional programs.

PRCIPAGP: Agg. class. of program at grad.
Aggregated classification of instructional program (CIP) at graduation in 2005
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies
Social and behavioural sciences, and law
Business, management and public administration
Physical and life sciences, and technologies
Mathematics, computer and information sciences
Architecture, engineering and related technologies
Health, parks, recreation and fitness
Agric/nat ress/cons; pers/prot/trans serv; oth
Not stated
JOBINCP: DV-Annual earnings-job last week
LITERAL QUESTION               
Estimated gross annual earnings in Canadian dollars for the job held during the 2007 survey reference week.     
Values     Categories
1              Less than 5,000
2              5,000 to 9,999
3              10,000 to 14,999
4              15,000 to 19,999
5              20,000 to 24,999
6              25,000 to 29,999
7              30,000 to 34,999
8              35,000 to 39,999
9              40,000 to 44,999
10            45,000 to 49,999
11            50,000 to 54,999
12            55,000 to 59,999
13            60,000 to 64,999
14            65,000 to 69,999
15            70,000 to 74,999
16            75,000 to 79,999
17            80,000 to 84,999
18            85,000 or more
96            Valid skip
99            Not stated

I don’t know if the longitudinal data from the NLSCY would have this information?

There is also the PUMF that will be released in December if your researcher can wait that long: Product: National Graduate Survey 2013 PUMF (Class of 2009/2010)

Expected date of release: December 2014

There's a few other options that may be helpful. The standard table 3A is free that comes from the National Graduate Survey. It is by the Provincial comparison of estimated gross annual earnings of 2009-2010 graduates working full-time in 2013, by gender* and level of study. This table should hopefully be helpful to the client. We could provide the similar table by the field of study such as education, humanities, health fitness, etc but at a cost to the client.

This file is on the EFT site:
/MAD_DLI/Root/other-products/National Graduates Survey - ngs/2013/ngs2013(graduates2009-2010).xlsx