Celebrating Life After College

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
May 9, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT May 9, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDTth, May 9, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT

Congratulations graduates

As you bask in the splendor of summer vacation, perhaps your last for a long, long time, we have some surprising factoids about you and your current position in life. Some may make you chuckle and some, well … you’ll just have to wait and see.

● You are one of 1.8 million other people.

● Only about 1/3 of Americans over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree.

60% of you are female, mostly graduating with health and education degrees. Men still choose more computer science and engineering majors. However, it’s a 50-50 split for sciences and business degrees.

● The median wages for folks like you are about $37,000 a year.

Science, health and education grads – you’ll have an easier time finding jobs than social work, humanities and arts graduates.

Engineering majors, you can expect to make around $63,000 a year. Computer science and math graduates are expected to make $48,000.

● Business majors -1 out of every 5 of you- will be looking at $40,000.

● Those of you with liberal arts, communications, education and psychology degrees, start looking for another roommate perhaps, because your salary is between 30 and 34 thousand dollars a year.

● About 70% of you are graduating with student loans to pay back, an average of 35 grand. Yikes!

Hiring of you is up by 16% over last year, according to a survey by Michigan State University

● 51% Information services

● 31% finance and insurance

● 24% business and scientific services

● 24% government

● 17% manufacturing

● 16% nonprofits

● More than half of employers are offering signing bonuses for you if you’re hired. Wow!

Since less than six out of every ten students who enroll at a 2- and 4-year college actually get a degree within six years, your degree does give you something special that will last the rest of your life.

So be good to yourself! We’re all proud of you.