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Florida’s University Graduates Tend to Stay in the State Workforce After Completing Their Degrees, Report No. 05-59, December 2005
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  • State university graduates with baccalaureate, master’s, and professional degrees are likely to stay in the Florida workforce.  However, graduates with doctoral degrees are more likely to not appear in Florida’s workforce, likely because many of them aspire to teach at the college level, and universities tend not to hire their own graduates.  Graduates of schools with high percentages of in-state and part-time students are more likely to remain in the state workforce than graduates of other institutions.
  • Persons who graduate from programs that prepare students for critically needed professions, such as education and health-related fields, are more likely than graduates in other fields to stay in the Florida workforce and work in the industry for which they were trained.  Graduates of programs that prepare students in areas such as engineering that may advance the state’s economic development goals are more likely not to find employment in the Florida workforce

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-58 Individuals with Baccalaureate Degrees Have Positive Outcomes; Increasing Production in Critical Areas Poses Challenges, published in December 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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