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Weekly Research Digest, 9-27-13

A SNAPSHOT OF RECENT RESEARCH
RELATED TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION


Working with Big Data, Occupational Outlook Quarterly
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fall 2013

This article describes the types of industries and occupations that use "big data." Industries include business, government, health care, science, and finance. Occupations include software developers and analysts. A chart on page 30 shows the employment and mean wages for 15 newly defined occupations. Atop the list in terms of employment are computer network support specialists, followed by computer network architects. At the top of annual mean wages are nurse anesthetists.

Heartland Monitor Poll
Allstate and National Journal, September 2013

The Heartland Monitor Poll surveyed 1,000 American adults and teenagers about their views on future prospects for today's children. The findings include:
  • Fifty-three percent of adults believe a four-year college education is "a ticket to the middle class."
  • Eighty-six percent of teenagers believe college is "a good investment for the future."
  • Thirty-nine percent of American adults say college is an economic burden, and 14 percent of teenagers say it is an "unnecessary expense that is not worth it."
  • Fewer than half of parents of school-aged children say "it's realistic that they will be able to pay for college education for themselves or their children."
In the News
Education Week – Teenagers More Optimistic About Future Than Adults, Survey Finds


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