Attrition of women in STEM: examining job/major congruence in the career choices of college graduates

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Author: Xu, Yonghong Jade


Data from a national survey are used to examine how individual characteristics and social structural factors may influence college graduates choosing an occupation that is congruent with their undergraduate field of study. Analysis is conducted separately for males and females and for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM majors. Comparisons between the subgroups help to identify factors that may contribute to improving career outcomes and, in particular, lowering the attrition rates in STEM at transition from college to employment. The results...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Students; Career development; Equity; Employment

Keywords: Aspirations; Career choice; Graduates; Education work relationship

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2017

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Also called: Attrition of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: examining job/major congruence in the career choices of college graduates

Journal volume: 44

Journal number: 1

Journal date: February 2017

Pages: pp. 3-19

ISSN: 0894-8453

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.242

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