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 2020 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 DetailGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Master's Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse10571%$75,926
Master's Degrees13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General2669%$41,383
Master's Degrees13.1299Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other18666%$39,125
Master's Degrees25.9999Library Science, Other9963%$46,336
Baccalaureate Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse15262%$49,428
Master's Degrees13.0499Educational Administration and Supervision, Other2462%$52,655
Master's Degrees13.1315Reading Teacher Education4060%$44,007
Master's Degrees13.1101Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services10059%$45,442
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0408Interior Design1457%$32,896
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0701Art/Art Studies, General4657%$24,660
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1202Elementary Education and Teaching15757%$31,622
Baccalaureate Degrees03.0104Environmental Science1457%$28,031
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General1856%$31,830
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1314Physical Education Teaching and Coaching2255%$36,752
Baccalaureate Degrees52.0203Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management1155%$38,053
Doctor's Degrees - Research/Scholarship30.9999Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1155%$64,540
Master's Degrees51.1508Mental Health Counseling/Counselor3653%$35,290
Master's Degrees52.0301Accounting1753%$53,144
Master's Degrees51.1504Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling3053%$40,119
Baccalaureate Degrees13.1203Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching6450%$28,772

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

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DetailGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Doctor's Degrees - Professional Practice51.3818Nursing Practice1233%$98,626
Master's Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse10571%$75,926
Master's Degrees11.0701Computer Science1225%$71,648
Doctor's Degrees - Research/Scholarship30.9999Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1155%$64,540
Post-Master's Degree Certificates13.0411Superintendency and Educational System Administration6450%$58,806
Master's Degrees45.0702Geographic Information Science and Cartography2313%$56,142
Master's Degrees52.0301Accounting1753%$53,144
Master's Degrees13.0499Educational Administration and Supervision, Other2462%$52,655
Master's Degrees52.0201Business Administration and Management, General11035%$50,563
Baccalaureate Degrees51.3801Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse15262%$49,428
Master's Degrees44.0201Community Organization and Advocacy1331%$47,887
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General1346%$47,547
Master's Degrees25.9999Library Science, Other9963%$46,336
Master's Degrees27.0301Applied Mathematics, General1127%$45,538
Master's Degrees13.1101Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services10059%$45,442
Baccalaureate Degrees11.0101Computer and Information Sciences, General9843%$45,164
Master's Degrees13.1315Reading Teacher Education4060%$44,007
Master's Degrees50.0903Music Performance, General2627%$43,408
Baccalaureate Degrees52.1201Management Information Systems, General10342%$41,937
Master's Degrees13.1001Special Education and Teaching, General2669%$41,383

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

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DetailGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0913Athletic Training/Trainer2818%$36,175
Master's Degrees13.1102College Student Counseling and Personnel Services3017%$36,491
Baccalaureate Degrees51.9999Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other16617%$27,372
Baccalaureate Degrees09.0401Journalism1916%$20,885
Baccalaureate Degrees40.0801Physics, General2015%$38,568
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0204Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist6515%$22,486
Master's Degrees45.0702Geographic Information Science and Cartography2313%$56,142
Associate Degrees24.0102General Studies1049%$37,850

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

DegreeCIP CodeCIP DetailGraduatesFull-Time %Avg First Year Full-Time Wages
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0701Art/Art Studies, General4657%$24,660
Baccalaureate Degrees31.0505Kinesiology and Exercise Science13928%$24,180
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0501Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1822%$23,798
Baccalaureate Degrees54.0101History, General3234%$23,637
Baccalaureate Degrees51.0204Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist6515%$22,486
Baccalaureate Degrees45.1101Sociology3033%$21,725
Baccalaureate Degrees09.0401Journalism1916%$20,885
Baccalaureate Degrees50.0602Cinematography and Film/Video Production1619%$19,965

View Arkansas Economic Security Reports here.
2020 Economic Security Report