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National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of College Graduates, 1967-1985 (ICPSR 9390)

Principal Investigator(s): Murnane, Richard


This collection is based upon data from three national longitudinal surveys administered by the United States Census Bureau and is intended for research into career histories and decisions of young men and women who graduated from college between 1967 and 1985. Several research questions are explored including the following: (1) Who, among college graduates, entered teaching? (2) Of those who entered teaching, who stayed, and for how long? (3) What do teachers do when they leave teaching and from which occupations are they most likely to return to teaching? (4) Do the career patterns of teachers and potential teachers differ by race, gender, age, college major, or IQ score? (5) Have there been changes in teacher career patterns over time? This data file contains 154 variables in four categories: individual characteristics (birth year, race, IQ score, Armed Forces Qualifications Test, gender, and dependents), educational characteristics (year of graduation, major field of study), employment characteristics (employment status, job, job status, salary), and teaching status (whether the graduate taught within five years of graduation, year began teaching, career status, length of first teaching job, year left teaching, reason for leaving teaching, second teaching job length, year returned to teaching).

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Study Description


Murnane, Richard. NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEY (NLS) OF COLLEGE GRADUATES, 1967-1985. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Education [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09390.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09390.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    career change, career choice, career development, career history, careers, demographic characteristics, educational background, employment, job change, job mobility, occupations, teacher employment, teacher salaries, teachers, teaching (occupation), teaching conditions

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1967--1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966--1987

Universe:    All college graduates in the United States between 1967 and 1985.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection includes only those college graduates whose race was classified as black or white. The NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS OF LABOR MARKET EXPERIENCE data files, from which these data were taken, are available through ICPSR under study number 7610.


Data Source:

Center for Human Resource Research. The Ohio State University. NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS OF LABOR MARKET EXPERIENCE.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-10-16


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