Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Must see graphics on the relationship between education and employment. See how I sliced and diced this one! Literally, I sliced and diced it.

This graphic shows number the of jobs in a particular job/career sector by educational attainment.  The bigger the bubble the larger the number of jobs in that sector for those with that level of education.

For instance in the first line "management" the larger bubble is in the "6-Bachelor's Degree" level of education. The next largest bubble on the line, but much smaller is for "2-High School Diploma or Equivalent". This means to be in management, you don't have to have a degree BUT it helps--that is who most of the jobs go to. 

So, look at the rest of the employment categories keeping in mind what the bubbles mean.  Below this first chart, I made some notes on it and have an observation.  See you again below after looking at this first one...

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Notice what I circled and what I put in the rectangular box.  The circle on the upper right contains the jobs for people with "More Education", specifically with a Bachelors degree or higher. The one on the lower left contains jobs for people with a high school diploma or less.  The RED horizontal line represents the point of significant transition from more educated to less educated in terms of job distribution.  It is not even a transition---it is a drop-off! Of note is the area I labeled "Dead Zone".  The relative number of jobs available for those in between low and high educational attainment are pretty thin. 

Can policy change this?

I see income inequality based on educational outcomes pursued by individuals. What do you see?
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