Act 852

Act 852 of 2015 requires an economic security report of employment and earnings outcomes to be accessible to students and parents to allow them to make data-informed decisions regarding college and career. To comply with the law, UCA has generated the following two lists based off of full-time job placement and average annual earnings as reported in the 2019 Arkansas Economic Security Report published by Arkansas Division of Workforce Services and Arkansas Research Center.

Top 25% of certificates and degrees by full-time job placement within Arkansas

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DescriptionGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Doctor's Degrees - Research/Scholarship30.9999Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1587%$75,670
Master's Degrees13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General2080%$44,140
Master's Degrees25.9999Library Science, Other10179%$48,986
Baccalaureate Degrees45.0401Criminology1377%$37,556
Post-Master's Degree Certificates42.2805School Psychology1275%$47,592
Baccalaureate Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse13374%$55,267
Master's Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse9374%$87,517
Master's Degrees13.0101Education, General3373%$45,864
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0907Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist3272%$53,662
Master's Degrees13.1101Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services7269%$48,448
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General1968%$47,923
Post-Master's Degree Certificates13.0411Superintendency and Educational System Administration5668%$68,879
Master's Degrees51.2306Occupational Therapy/Therapist14766%$62,510
Baccalaureate Degrees52.1201Management Information Systems, General9865%$45,032
Master's Degrees13.1299Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other20665%$42,449
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1202Elementary Education and Teaching8964%$35,234
Master's Degrees13.0499Educational Administration and Supervision, Other2564%$56,939
Master's Degrees13.0501Educational/Instructional Technology1662%$50,355
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1308Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education1560%$39,355

Top 25% of certificates and degrees by average first-year full-time wages within Arkansas

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DescriptionGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Doctor's Degrees - Professional Practice51.3818Nursing Practice1839%$103,819
Master's Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse9374%$87,517
Doctor's Degrees - Research/Scholarship30.9999Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1587%$75,670
Doctor's Degrees - Professional Practice51.2308Physical Therapy/Therapist10857%$70,667
Post-Master's Degree Certificates13.0411Superintendency and Educational System Administration5668%$68,879
Master's Degrees51.2306Occupational Therapy/Therapist14766%$62,510
Baccalaureate Degrees09.0100Communication and Media Studies2524%$57,529
Master's Degrees13.0499Educational Administration and Supervision, Other2564%$56,939
Master's Degrees52.0201Business Administration and Management, General8740%$56,813
Baccalaureate Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse13374%$55,267
Master's Degrees50.0903Music Performance, General2035%$54,885
Master's Degrees51.1508Mental Health Counseling/Counselor2857%$54,102
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0907Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist3272%$53,662
Master's Degrees11.0701Computer Science1429%$53,651
Master's Degrees51.0204Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist6157%$51,618
Master's Degrees13.0501Educational/Instructional Technology1662%$50,355
Master's Degrees52.0301Accounting1553%$50,032
Baccalaureate Degrees11.0101Computer and Information Sciences, General6958%$49,908
Baccalaureate Degrees52.0201Business Administration and Management, General4344%$49,845

Bottom 10% List of certificates and degrees by full-time job placement within Arkansas

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DescriptionGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Baccalaureate Degrees16.0102Linguistics1724%$23,550
Baccalaureate Degrees51.9999Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other16324%$34,435
Baccalaureate Degrees44.0401Public Administration1421%$30,568
Baccalaureate Degrees26.0101Biology/Biological Sciences, General17819%$31,797
Master's Degrees13.1102College Student Counseling and Personnel Services2218%$33,949
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0913Athletic Training/Trainer2914%$40,477
Associate Degrees24.0102General Studies8812%$36,754
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0204Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist549%$23,286

Bottom 10% of certificates and degrees by average first-year full-time wages within Arkansas

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DescriptionGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Baccalaureate Degrees42.0101Psychology, General23536%$26,958
Baccalaureate Degrees38.0101Philosophy1638%$25,997
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0701Art/Art Studies, General6255%$25,158
Baccalaureate Degrees51.1501Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling3453%$24,429
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0501Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1937%$23,682
Baccalaureate Degrees16.0102Linguistics1724%$23,550
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0204Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist549%$23,286
Baccalaureate Degrees23.1302Creative Writing2433%$21,323

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