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A Major Problem: Gender Pay Gap Present Even Among Recent Grads


College majors matter, according to a new study by job site Glassdoor. The job site found an 11.5-percent unadjusted gender pay gap among college grads in the first five years of their careers.

Women are typically less represented in college majors that lead to high-paying positions, yet even with the same degree, men and women frequently sort into different jobs with different pay grades.
Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain said this is "a clear sign of societal pressures and gender norms at play in the career paths of young workers."

Analyzing 46,900 resumes shared on Glassdoor of those who graduated from college between 2010 and 2017, Glassdoor found a gender pay gap is present even at the start of young workers' careers. In the first five years of their careers, men earn $56,957 on average, while women earn $50,426.

Healthcare Administration exhibited the largest pay gap at 22 percent. The most common positions for recently graduated men in the field are implementation consultant, quality specialist and data consultant. Comparatively, women with the same degree took lower-paying positions, such as administrative assistant, customer care representative and intern.

Mathematics and Biology – with an 18 and 13 percent pay wage gap, respectively – followed close behind Healthcare Administration. Many of the majors with the widest pay gaps are in the STEM field.

As a point of contrast, the researchers determined the majors that lead to the largest "reverse" pay gaps, meaning women typically earn more than men. Architecture (-14-percent), Music (10.1-percent) and Social Work (-8.4-percent) topped the list. Many of the listed majors fall under the liberal arts designation.

In a press release, Dawn Lyon, Glassdoor vice president of corporate affairs and chief equal pay advocate, said, "We've long known the impact of education on these pathways, but we can now see significant pay gaps emerging from the same majors – and that's a major problem."

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