Some fields have a strong direct path from field of study to occupational area. For example, 53% of graduates from health fields work in health-related occupations and 64% of those with bachelor’s degrees in education work as teachers or professors. Meanwhile, people with bachelor’s degrees in the humanities or law, social and behavioural sciences tend to be more distributed across the labour market. However, what is remarkable is that every occupational area draws employees from a variety of fields of study. In short, it is hard to say where a bachelor’s degree might lead someone to work and many pathways exist.The underlying data are drawn from the Canadian National Household Survey (2011). The graph represents adults age 18 – 64 who hold a bachelor’s degree as their highest credential, and reported an occupation and employment income in 2010. For simplicity, people with post-graduate degrees (e.g. master’s and PhD), as well as degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and optometry, were excluded.
Field of Study
Graphic by Carrie Smith.The employees at HEQCO come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, everything from religious studies to sociology to economics to engineering. Workplaces benefit from having diversity in the training and perspectives of its employees. Inspired by work done by the US Census, we went to the Canadian National Household Survey to explore where bachelor’s degree graduates work in Ontario.
In this interactive graph we invite you to explore where university graduates from various fields of study work in the Ontario labour force, and conversely, from which fields of study the various segments of the labour market draw employees. Hover over a label to see the pathways more clearly.