The Hamilton Project recently published a new economic analysis entitled, “Putting Your Major to Work: Career Paths after College,” which examines the range of occupations, earnings, and employment levels that exist for college graduates within the same college major. 

The Hamilton Project also released an interactive tool to accompany the report which, using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), allows users to explore 171 college majors and seek answers to a range of questions, including: What percentage of students are working in fields relevant to their college major? How common are various occupations within an undergraduate major? How do career paths shift for graduates within a college major when age and gender are taken into account?

The economic analysis concludes that: the selection of a major significantly affects graduates’ future employment status; earnings outcomes vary greatly for graduates of the same college majors who take different career paths; and gender and age can impact earnings and employment.