Monthly Archives: June 2011
|June 28, 2011||Posted by M. P. under News, Research||
The report, What It’s Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce uses United States Census data to link undergraduate courses of study with future earnings. The data show quite plainly that some bachelor degrees are worth far more than others, and more surprisingly, that majors are segregated, with women making up the majority of students enrolled in the lower-paying majors while white males select the majors with the highest earning potential.
The degree areas with the highest median earnings were Petroleum Engineers at $120,000, followed by Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences at $105,000 with Mechanical, Metallurgical and Mining Engineering rounding out the top earners with a median salary of $80,000.
Lowest median earning majors were Counseling/Psychology at $29,000, Early Childhood Education $36,000 (we have heard this before), Theology and Religious and Human Services/Community Organizations both at $38,000 and Social Work with a median salary of $39,000. All of these majors earn less than the median earnings ($47,000) of Liberal Arts and Humanities students.
It comes as no surprise that the majors most often found in social and human services are at the lower end of the earning spectrum. Anecdote after anecdote points to people choosing to work in these and other typically “nonprofit” fields (health care, education, etc) for reasons other than a paycheck. Some leave high-paying, high-powered career tracks for more fulfilling nonprofit work, some are inspired to turn a volunteer gig into a vocation and some (like the author) take the scenic route.
I chose my major, Criminal Justice, because it was an area of study unlike anything I had encountered in high school. It seemed exciting, challenging and it had a tinge of the exotic to a 17-year-old girl from a New England suburban town. In retrospect, perhaps I had read too many detective novels. Six years later (I went directly into graduate school for Criminology – talk about a double-down) I found that I really enjoyed my courses in program planning and evaluation. I could see myself working with agencies to assist them in identifying and measuring their missions and goals. That revelation, combined with the push by funders for higher levels of accountability and outcomes measurement, was what initially led me to the not-for-profit realm.
What led you?
Looking back, perhaps I should have chosen a different major – a business or journalism degree may have been a safer or smarter choice. But chances are that I would have been bored to tears, and the road to where I was meant to be would only have been a longer one.
Did you enter college with a career path in mind or did you simply fall in love with a class and decided to major in it? Looking back, would you have chosen differently?
|June 22, 2011||Posted by M. P. under News||
According to a research brief from the policy team at the People’s Emergency Center, recent data indicate a decrease in the number of homeless persons in Pennsylvania. The brief, Report on Pennsylvania’s Point in Time Counts in Homeless Populations Shows Decrease, is based on the annual unduplicated point-in-time count (PIT) of adults and children in emergency shelters, temporary housing or on the street.
In 2010, the number of persons identified in the Pennsylvania PIT count decreased, as it had each year since 2007. The regions of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had the largest amount of homeless people, but also experienced declines since 2007, while 8 other regions (including Scranton/Lackawanna County, Bucks County, Northeast PA and Northwest PA) in the Commonwealth reported increased PIT count totals.
The brief, which includes a breakdown of sub-populations among Pennsylvania’s homeless, is available at the People’s Emergency Center policy publications web page.
|June 19, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, News, Philanthropy||
Data from the Philanthromax Atlas of Giving showed a jump in charitable donations in the United States during the spring of 2011. Per a release from Philanthromax LLC, the April 2011 giving figure of $29.5 billion was a 2.4 percent increase from the month prior and a 9.2 percent jump from April 2010. So far, the total charitable giving for 2011 is over 8 percent higher than in 2010.
Unfortunately, Philanthromax forecasts a slowdown in contributions lasting until the year’s end due to gasoline prices, uncertainty around unemployment rates, an increase in fundraising and activities for the 2012 election and deficit-related economic fears. Overall however, 2011 should still be a better year for donations than 2011.
The Philanthromax Atlas of Giving compiles monthly giving reports and forecasts.