This report displays the relationship between the fields of study and industries of employment among recent college graduates in Rhode Island. The pool includes all students who earned a degree or certificate from one of RI’s public higher education institutions (URI, RIC, or CCRI) over the past 10 years and are now working in the state.
For the top graph, select a field of study to see where degree or certificate holders in that field are working. The bottom graph offers the industry view of this information; choose from the drop-down menu to see which types of graduates are working in a given industry.
Although the recent graduates shown here represent a small portion of RI’s total workforce, examining the intersection of their education and employment offers insight into the knowledge and skills valued by employers in each industry. A few highlights:
• Industries that draw heavily from closely related fields of study include Education, Health Care & Social Assistance, and Finance & Insurance. Employment in such industries seems to require a highly directed educational path.
• Industries hiring from a variety of fields may have demand for less-specific training (e.g., Retail Trade; Accommodation & Food Services) or for a broader array of expertise (e.g., the Information sector, which draws from Engineering Technology, Communication & Journalism, and Business Management).
• The high-wage Professional, Scientific, & Technical industry employs more recent graduates from Business Management backgrounds than from Engineering and Computer & Information Sciences combined. This highlights both the versatility of business-oriented credentials and potential unmet demand for graduates in technical fields of study.
For a broader look at the current and future employment landscape in RI and how it relates to higher education in the state, see our data story, RI’s College to Career Landscape.