American Sociological Association

Individual Salary is Not Enough

August 2016
Authors: Mary S. Senter, Roberta Spalter-Roth

Individual Salary is Not Enough: Measuring the Well-Being of Recent College Graduates in Sociology examines the outcomes of a baccalaureate degree in sociology. The authors find that income, the most widely-used degree outcome measure, is inadequate as a sole predictor of college outcomes, including job satisfaction, holding a professional job, experiencing on-the-job advancement, and participating in civic life. Learning sociological skills and methods appears to be more important. (Corrected version October 2016)

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